Child Foster Care Training

If you have a question about orientation and training or want to register by phone, call 763-324-1230.

  • If we do not have enough people registered one week before the training, the training WILL BE cancelled. Pre-registration guarantees that you will be called if a class is cancelled.
  • All of the classes will be held at the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 Third Avenue, Anoka - UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED IN THE CLASS LISTING BELOW.  A staff member will be at the doors to let you in, and will direct you to the appropriate room.
  • Doors will only be open 15 minutes prior to the start time until 15 minutes after the start time. Please use the 3rd Avenue entrance (across from Wells Fargo Bank). Unlimited parking on evenings and weekends on the streets is permitted. One-hour parking signs apply to weekdays only. You are allowed to park in the free three-hour parking ramp located on Jackson Street. 
  • Childcare is not provided. Please do not bring children with you to the trainings.


Child Foster Care Tier 1 Training


Team Building

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
This training emphasizes the role of the caregiver as an advocate for the child and a collaborative member of the social service team.  It focuses on accessing appropriate and available services to help achieve protection and permanency.

Cultural Issues in Placement

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Participants will learn skills in becoming culturally competent by exploring their values, attitudes and patterns of behavior.  They will learn the importance of developing and nurturing the cultural identity of children and incorporating it into their family.

Family Systems of Abuse and Neglect

Saturday, Apr 1, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Participants will begin to identify the characteristics of families where maltreatment occurs and the role of the parents in preventing abuse and neglect. They will explore the contributing factors of maltreatment and learn how abused and neglected children continue to be at increased risk for abuse and neglect even after being placed in adoptive, or kinship care.

The Impact of Abuse and Neglect on Child Development

Thursday, Apr 20, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 



This training provides an overview of normal childhood development and the impact of abuse and neglect. It also explains how to recognize developmental delays or challenges.

Attachment, Separation and Placement

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
This training outlines normal, healthy attachment and the impact separation from primary families has on attachment. Participants will explore how children’s developmental levels affect their understanding of and reactions to out-of-home placement.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

This training examines the importance of discipline based on the child’s age, developmental level, past experiences and their current situation. It also explains the rationale for statutes and rules on physical punishment in alternative care homes.

Primary Families

Tuesday, Sept 20, 2016 or
Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017
:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
This training helps the participants to understand the grief process of a birth parent whose children have entered an out-of-home placement and the importance of involving the birth family in case planning, daily decision making and other activities to support reunification.

Sexual Abuse

Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 or
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017
 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This training examines the definition and dynamics of child sexual abuse. Participants will learn that sexual abuse is a complex problem and that children who have been sexually abused may have a hard time adjusting to a new home. Additional training and resources to successfully care for these children and teens will be discussed.

The Effects of Care Givers on the Family

Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 or
Thursday, Oct 12, 2017
 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Participants will learn to recognize signs of family stress and the importance of developing and using support systems to prevent a family crisis. Procedures will be outlined that are required if allegations of maltreatment are made. Health, hygiene and nutritional issues will be explored.

Permanency Issues for Children

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 or
Thursday, Nov 2, 2017
 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Participants will learn the unique aspects of becoming a permanent home for a child who will not be returning to their biological parents. They will begin to understand how post-placement issues such as loss, identity and loyalties can be complicated for these children and begin to prepare for them. Caregivers will explore the supports for parents and children in their community.

Permanency Issues for Families

Monday, Nov 7, 2016 or
Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
This training helps participants recognize the long-term adjustment to adoption for the parent and the child. This includes dealing with grief, loss, identity, control, divided loyalties and fertility issues as well as the fantasy of being a “dream family”.

Series Educator(s):

Dave Ellis, B.S.
Founder of Dave Ellis Consulting, Mr. Ellis is well-versed with programs in the domestic violence and homelessness areas.  He is retired from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from McKendree College in Lebanon, IL.
Michelle Seymore, M.P.N.A
A Ramsey County child protection worker, Ms. Seymore holds a master's degree from Metropolitan State University in non-profit and public administration.  She has worked in social services for over 18 years.


Use the online registration form or call 763-324-1230.