Ongoing Training

Live Trainings - In-Person or Live Webinars                     

The following live webinars are available to Anoka County Foster Care providers only. A link to register is emailed to all providers at the beginning of each month. Please ask your foster care social worker if you need the link. 

MNAdopt's FosterEd and AdoptEd Webinars

MNAdopt's Spring Summit:  Thursday, April 21st

Session 1:

Mental Health in LGBTQ+ Youth: Tapping into Community Resilience

8:30 am - 10:15 am CST

Session 2:

ADHD and Childhood Trauma

10:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

Session 3:

Understanding the Racial and Cultural Needs of Transracially Parented Youth

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm CST

Session 4:

ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST

Session 5:

The Power of Showing Up

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST


Domestic Violence and Its Impact on Children and Youth

Thursday, May 5, 2022

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Caring for Relationships in the Midst of a Storm

Monday, May 9th 2022

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Sexual Behaviors and Strategies

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In the Best Interest of the Child

Monday, May 23rd 2022

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Open to the Community - MNAdopt Trainings

See offerings here:

"On Demand" Webinars

Exclusively for Anoka County Foster Parents

Coupon codes will be emailed to Anoka County licensed providers at the beginning of each month. Providers will have free access to each webinar only during the designated month. Providers may also contact their foster care social worker to obtain the code. 

These Webinars are Available for Free ONLY During the Month of APRIL

Screen Attachment

(1 hour, 26 minutes)

Adam Arnold, MA, LMFT, LADC

We discuss the latest research findings on screen addiction, the common screen interactions (and the common screen pitfalls) of adopted and foster care youth, as well as discussions regarding social media interactions with birth families. With the particular needs and wounds of adopted and foster care youth, the technology choices with screens can have increased complexity as well as increased severity.

Navigating the Special Education System: Advocating Effectively for Your Child

(1 hour, 8 minutes)

Kelly Heagle, MA, LMFT, RPT

This training will explain basics of the special education process, including ways children are qualified for special education. It will also include explanation of categories of qualification as well as how to effectively advocate for a child with extra needs. Additionally, it will address how to discuss with school professionals ways they can accommodate children with concerns in the areas of attachment, trauma and FASD.

These Webinars are Available for Free ONLY During the Month of MAY

All Behavior Has Meaning

(1 hour, 49 minutes)

Adrian McLemore

This training will provide practical tools for understanding child behaviors with a special focus on intervening before the ‘behaviors’ become unmanageable. The trainer will provide evidence and examples of proven strategies that will help diffuse, determine, and redirect negative behaviors utilizing strength based approaches. The trainer will also address the ‘right’ questions to be asking in assessing childhood behaviors and how to cleverly obtain the answers from the child/youth through communication and rapport building analytics.

Laughter for the Health of it: How to Ease the Stresses, Tensions, and Pains of Parenting and Everyday Life Through the Use of Laughter 

(2 hours, 4 minutes)

Pat O’Brien

Laughing is one of the healthiest things one can do when facing the deep stresses, tensions, and pains of everyday life and parenting in particular. This workshop will highlight how one can bring more laughter into both one’s home life and life in general while making the case this is an essential ingredient in preventing parent burnout for those raising even the most difficult of children.

Foster Parent College Blended Pre-Service Curriculum

(This training series is available to all licensed providers and applicants)

MN Department of Human services

A joint effort between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and County Social Services Agencies using the Foster Parent College curriculum. The Minnesota Child Welfare Training System (MCWTS) has a contract with Foster Parent College to offer their blended Pre-service training to foster parents. It is a blend of online and in-person training.

  1. Foster Parent College

    FPC Blended Pre-service Training is a learning experience that combines online eLearning modules and virtual, face-to-face instruction. This course will allow you to connect with other parents in Minnesota and learn the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful foster parent.

    In total, FPC Blended Pre-service Training takes approximately two months to complete and consists of four (4) face-to-face meetings (held via Zoom) and ten (10) online modules. Because this course is being offered virtually, the length of the meetings has been reduced to avoid screen fatigue and are supplemented with pre-work assignments in the MNCWTA’s Learning Management System, Canvas. You will also have access to more than 70 eLearning modules through the FPC website.

    Meeting Information

    FPC Blended Pre-service Training is grouped into cohorts with a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of thirteen (13) households in attendance. Meetings are held bi-weekly and are expected to last approximately two hours. Upcoming cohorts options include:

    Cohort 7

    • Meeting 1: April 14, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: April 28, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: May 12, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: May 26, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 8

    • Meeting 1: June 7, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: June 21, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: July 12, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: July 26, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    View the Pre-Service Training Flyer for class details here

    To register, or for more information, contact: 

    Lisa Coleman | 763-324-1434 |

  2. 26th Annual Anoka County Fall Foster Provider Conference

    The Fall Conference is currently on hold due to the pandemic.  Providers will be notified when we are able to resume.