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 licensed by Anoka County at the beginning of each month. Please ask your foster care social worker if you need the link.  All MNAdopt webinars will email you a certificate of attendance, please keep this certificate and provide to your foster care social worker at your yearly license update. 


MNAdopt's FosterEd 

January

NEW this month - Youth Series!
 Do you know a youth (age 12+) who would benefit from any of our FREE evening webinar series geared specially toward youth who have experienced foster care or adoption? These webinars are also open to parents and professionals. Read more below!

From Identity to Beyond
 Thursday, January 5, 2023
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)


Scars of Trauma
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)

[Youth Series] Going Through the Fire

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)

A View from 40+ Years and 40+ Kids

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)

[Youth Series] International Adoptee Panel: Navigating Race Within Our Own Families

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)

[Youth Series]
 Push For Love:
 Teaching Students How to Value Themselves & Others 

Thursday, January 19, 2023
 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)

[Youth Series] The Making of "Flipping the Script"

 Tuesday, January 24, 2023
 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CST)

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and the Family System
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CST)

[Youth Series] BIPOC Youth SPEAK OUT on Trauma and Healing

Thursday, January 26, 2023
 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)

[Youth Series]
 Money for College

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)

February


Kinship Care

Presented by Tami DeCoteau, PhD
Monday, February 6, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CST)

Navigating Children's Family Connections with Wisdom, Courage and Grace

Presented by Wendy Wolff, M.S. Licensed Counselor
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)

[2-Part Series]
 Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health

Presented by Jill Farris, MPH
Part 1: Thursday, February 16, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CST)
Part 2: Thursday, February 23, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CST)

Understanding and Nurturing Attachment While Keeping Your Head!

Presented by Amber Morrighan, MA, LMFT
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)


Open to the Community - MNAdopt Trainings

See offerings here:  https://www.mnadopt.org/education/


"On Demand" Webinars

Exclusively for Anoka County Foster Parents

Coupon codes will be emailed to providers licensed by Anoka County 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 February


Helping Ourselves, Children and Teens Grieve

(1 hour, 37 minutes)
Available February 1-28

Foster children, foster parents, and families of origin experience grief and need support and understanding during the foster care process. This workshop will include stages of grief, developmental understanding of loss, how culture and grief interact, the broad framework for loss, disenfranchised grief, rituals, and myths about grief. There will be case examples and ideas that can be used right away. There will also be time for some activities and discussion. 

A Different Lens: Retooling Parenting Relationships for Children with FASD & Trauma

(1 hour, 25 minutes)
Available February 1-28

When parents discover their child has an FASD, they often receive well intended by limited advice on “what to do.” FASD is a complex diagnosis and in many cases, the child has experienced trauma which changes the game. Parents soon discover that parenting a child with FASD and Trauma can be frustrating and exhausting. This workshop will help participants tap into their parenting strengths and discover how parenting responses can help or hinder a successful relationship with their child



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

The Power of Showing Up

(1 hour, 55 minutes)
Available January 1-31

Parents worry. It’s what we do. We worry about our kids and their safety; about the times we let our kids down; if we’re giving them too little or too much attention; and how to manage in a world filled with digital distractions and endless commitments on our time. Reassuringly, the latest brain and attachment research is clear on how best to make a difference in our child’s life over the long run: we simply need to show up. In this presentation based on her latest book (co-authored with Dan Siegel), Dr. Bryson will share how when a caregiver predictably (not perfectly) cares for a child, that child will enjoy the very best outcomes, even in the face of significant adversity. 


The Impact of Trauma on Children's Development: What to Know and What You Can Do!

(1 hour, 57 minutes)
Available January 1-31

This workshop will help participants understand how early experiences of adversity and trauma can impact brain development, attachment, social-emotional development, and self-regulation. After understanding the different areas of development that are affected, we will consider strategies that parents, teachers, and other care providers can use to support children (and families) who have experienced trauma. We will discuss case examples and share specific tools that participants can take back to their own settings.




 
 



 
 




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 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

    Cohort 12

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, January 26, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Tuesday February 21, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday March 9, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 13

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, March 23, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Thursday, April 6, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday, May 4, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 14

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, May 18, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Thursday, June 1, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Thursday, June 15, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday, June 29, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 15

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, July 13, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Thursday, July 27, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Thursday, August 10, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday, August 24, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 16

    • Meeting 1: Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Cohort 17

    • Meeting 1: Thursday, November 2, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 2: Thursday, November 16, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 3: Thursday, November 30, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Meeting 4: Thursday, December 14, 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 | Lisa.coleman@co.anoka.mn.us





  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.