Training needs to be completed as part of the process of becoming licensed to provide foster care.  This is done individually with your licensing worker, via DVD, and in person through trainings done in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  Our staff will help you get connected to these trainings. Pre-Service Trainings need to be completed within the first year or two of being licensed. Once licensed, foster parents are required to each have 12 hours of training a year offered in partnership with the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System. 

The following are trainings that you might need to complete.

Children’s Mental Health

Initial Training - Two Options

All child foster care applicants need to complete one of these training options prior to becoming licensed.

Option 1: Watch the McMahon Children's Mental Health video and complete the self test to get credit for the training. 

Option 2: Introduction to Mental Health for Resource Families. This training provides an introduction to a number of common mental health diagnoses that foster and adoptive children often present within the child welfare system. Each diagnosis is discussed in terms of origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations. It also includes information and helpful tips about common co-occurring or dual diagnoses. 

Annual Training Options

All child foster care providers need to complete one of these training options each year to remain licensed.

Option 1: Anxiety  This training provides a 1.5 hours overview of a common mental health diagnosis that foster and adoptive children often present within the child welfare system.  Anxiety will be discussed in terms of main origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations.  

Option 2: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder -ADHD This training provides a 1.5 hours overview of a common mental health diagnosis that foster and adoptive children often present within the child welfare system.  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder will be discussed in terms of origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations.  

Option 3: Depression  This training provides 1.5 hours of overview of a common mental health diagnosis that foster and adoptive children often present within the child welfare system.  Depression will be discussed in terms of origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions and cultural considerations.  

Option 4: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD  This training provides 1.5 hours of overview of a common mental health diagnosis that foster and adoptive children may present within the child welfare system.  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) will be discussed in terms of origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions and cultural considerations.  

Option 5:  Autism  This training provides 1.5 hours of overview of a common mental health diagnosis that foster and adoptive children may present within the child welfare system.  Autism will be discussed in terms of origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions and cultural considerations.

 

Smoke-Free Child Foster Home

Watch the Smoke-Free Video and review the Legislation Spotlight and the Smoke-Free Bulletin featured on the video.

 

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Abusive Head Trauma (SUID/AHT)

Training on SUID/AHT needs to be completed if you are caring for children age 5 years or younger. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) approves the below trainings. You need to watch all 6 videos and give the completed the post tests to your licensor to get credit.

SUID Videos
Safe Sleep  Produced by Hennepin County (4:17)
Safe Sleep Practices  Produced by Eastern Virginia Medical School  (5:50)
Sleep On It-Preventing Unsafe Sleep Practices  Produced by Dakota County (6:28)

SUID Post Test

AHT Videos
Never Shake: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome  Produced by Missouri Children's Trust Fund (7:48)
the Doctors- shaken baby syndrome by the The Doctors talk show (1:48)
Forever Shaken Produced by Brain Injury Nebraska (33:16)

AHT Post Test

 

Children And Restraint System (C.A.R.S.)

Child passenger safety C.A.R.S. training needs to be completed if you are licensed and caring for children under 9 and plan to transport them. There are three options for obtaining this training:

Option 1: Public Health Training in Chaska

This training option is open only to Carver County residents. The training is located at the Government Center Administration Building, 600 E. 4th St., Chaska MN 55318 in the Township Hall (second floor). Enter the doors on the far left near the flag pole. Space is limited so please call or e-mail to sign up now!

Schedule: 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:00-9:00 p.m.     

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:00-9:00 p.m.     

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Call (952) 361-1329 or e-mail public-health@co.carver.mn.us to register. 

Option 2:  Burnsville AAA Office Training

This training is offered at the AAA Office, 600 West Travelers Trail, Burnsville, MN. The cost is $25 for non-AAA members. Payment is due the day of class. Cash or check only.

Contact Shannon Swanson by email or phone to get scheduled times and to register.

Shannon Swanson by email at shannon.swanson@charter.net or phone (612) 414-9590. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Option 3: Hennepin County Training

Go to the Hennepin County Foster Care site. When you click the link the page will say Become a Foster Family. Scroll down until you see the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, Abusive Head Trauma and Car Seat training (there are a couple of different locations listed). Select the training you would like to register for then click submit at the bottom of the page.

Normalcy, Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standards

The Normalcy, Reasonable, and Prudent Parenting video is a mandated training by DHS for all current foster parents and for anyone that would like to become a foster parent. Watch the Normalcy, Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standards video and e-mail your licensor what you learned from the training.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder training is required annually.

Watch the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Video and tell your licensor what you learned from the video to get credit.

Vulnerable Adult Training

DHS offers Vulnerable Adult Training through its website for foster care providers caring for individuals age 18 and older.

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