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

Family Matters: A Conversation About Kinship, Family, and Culture

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fostering Grief Support:

Helping and Healing

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Creating Belonging for Youth in Care

Monday, June 13, 2022

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is FASD & What Should I Do Differently?

[Part 1] Wednesday, June 15, 2022

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

[Part 2] Tuesday, June 21, 2022

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Living in the Deep End: Q&A

Thursday, June 16, 2022 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Considerations for Caring for LGBTQ+ Foster Youth

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Just Trying to Feel Something Else:
Chemical Abuse in Adolescents

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Impact of Providing Foster Care on Children in the Home

Monday, July 18th, 2022

10:00am - 12:00pm

Child Development: It's Important!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Open to the Community - MNAdopt Trainings

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"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 June

Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

(1 hour, 40 minutes)

Janet Bystrom, LICSW

Let’s face it, kids today are having radically different exposure and experiences around sexual orientation and gender identity/expression than we did at their age. This workshop will provide current real life examples that will support our ability to effectively parent the current generation of queer and trans youth. We will also consider how gender and sexual development interacts with and informs additional layers of identity development including but not limited to adoptive and racial identity as well as physical and mental health diagnoses.

Kids Hair Fundamentals

(1 hour, 16 minutes)

Melissa Taylor

Learn the essentials of styling your little one’s hair. This webinar class is ideal for someone with limited experience managing textured hair i.e. multiracial families, foster parents, and transracial adoptive parents. You’ll gain the confidence to wash, detangle, and create simple hairstyles..

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

Understanding Autism in Adoption and Foster Care

(1 hour, 33 minutes)

James Rechs, MSW, LICSW

This workshop will help adoptive and foster parents, as well as professionals, better understand autism spectrum disorders. James will discuss the intersection between autism and foster care/adoption. This webinar will include discussion on the signs of autism, appropriate diagnostic measures, and resources for caregivers. Participants will leave the workshop with tips and strategies for building what we hope will be lifelong relationships with individuals on the neurodiverse spectrum.

Seven Core Issues in Kinship Families

(2 hours, 11 minutes)

Allison Davis Maxon, M.S., LMFT

This workshop will establish that Kinship families parenting traumatized children not born to them have complex issues requiring specialized service delivery and resources that are permanency competent and strength-based. This workshop will present the Seven Core Issues for Kinship families as a way to advocate and inform the community at large about the unique challenges, strengths and needs of our kinship caregiving families.

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 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

    Cohort 9

    • Meeting 1: August 11, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: August 25, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: September 8, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: September 22, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 10

    • Meeting 1: October 4, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: October 18, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: November 1, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: November 15, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 11

    • Meeting 1: December 1, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: December 15, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: December 29, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: January 12, 2023, 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.