Ongoing Training

Foster Parent College Blended Pre-Service CurriculumMN 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.

Training for Anoka County Child Foster Care Providers and Applicants{collapse} - Until further notice all in-person trainings have been post-poned

  1. Pre-Service Training Series


    Spring Session: March 10th, 31st, April 28th, and May 19th | 6 to 9 pm | Anoka County Government Center Rm. 237

    Fall Session: September 10th, October 8th, November 5th and December 3rd | 6 to 9pm | Anoka County Government Center Rm. 237

    Foster Parent College Blended Pre-service Curriculum


    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 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.
    View the Pre-Service Training Flyer here.

    The pre-service training blends four classroom schedule sessions and 10 online courses on FosterParentCollege.com.

    Following Meeting I, trainees will view several online courses and then attend Meeting II to discuss content, ask questions, and learn more about caregiving. After Meeting II they will complete more classes online; attend Meeting III; complete more online classes; then reconvene for the final session, Meeting IV.

    Spring Session Trainer: Lori Mitchell, MSW, LICSW

    Ms. Mitchell is currently employed with the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Human Development from California State University Hayward and a Masters in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas and University of St. Catherine's. Lori's experience and areas of expertise are grief and loss, children's mental health, maternal and child health, crisis and gerontology. Lori also has a graduate psychology certificate in grief specialization from John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco.

    Fall Session Trainer: Forrest Mainville

    Forrest Mainville worked as a licensing social worker and trainer for Hennepin County Child Protection and Foster Care Licensing for 27 years. In this capacity, they licensed, trained and monitored foster parents in Minneapolis and surround- ing suburbs. Their special interest is in making a difference and having a positive impact on LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system. They were selected by the National Association of Social Workers and Lambda Legal in 2009 to be trained to pre- sent their LGBTQ Youth Project curriculum. For- rest is currently writing their memoir and sharing their coming out story. In 2018, Forrest was selected to become a compassion trainer. They are presenting workshops on compassion and gender.

    Schedule

    All meetings take place in room 237 of the Anoka County Government Center from 6 - 9pm. Doors will be open 15 minutes prior to the training start times. Please use the main entrance across from Wells Fargo Bank.

    Meeting 1: Orientation and Overview 


    1. The Child Welfare Team (online)
    2. Child Abuse and Neglect (online)
    3. Parent-Child Attachment (online)
    4. Understanding Behavior in Foster Children (online)

    Meeting 2: Review of Sessions 1 through 4 


    5. Child Development (online)
    6. Cultural Issues in Parenting (online)
    7. Working together with Primary Families (online)

    Meeting 3: Review of Sessions 5 through 7 


    8. Caring for Children Who have Been Sexually Abused (online)
    9. Reducing Family Stress (online)
    10. Foster Care to Adoption (online)

    Meeting 4: Review of Sessions 8 through 10 and Wrap-Up


    To register, or for more information, contact: 
    Ramona Knealing | 763-324-1694 | Ramona.Knealing@co.anoka.mn.us



  2. Anoka County Foster Care Fall Conference

    26th Annual Anoka County Fall Foster Provider Conference


    Please check back for information on the next fall conference that will be held in October of 2020.

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  1. Exclusively for Anoka County Foster Parents
    Coupon codes will be emailed to Anoka County licensed providers at the beginning of the month. Providers may also contact their foster care social worker to obtain the code.