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.  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 

Kinship: Know Your Rights

Presented by Natalie Netzel JD, MSE & Misty Coonce, MSW, LISW

Thursday, September 8th 2022
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Strategic Love: Preserving Intimacy While Raising Foster Children

Presented by Paul Buckley, MA, LMFT, LADC

Thursday, September 15th 2022 
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

When the Future Seems Closed: The Effects of Trauma

Presented by Adam Arnold, MA, LMFT, LADC

Wednesday, September 21st 2022 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Domestic Violence and Its Impact on Children in the Home

Presented by Brandon Jensen, MS, LMFT, PACC

Thursday, September 27th 2022 
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

 SPEAK OUT on Trauma and Healing

 Presented by Irreducible Grace Foundation 

Wednesday, September 28th 2022 
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Services for Preventing and Supporting Children Experiencing Crisis

Presented by Minnesota Department of Human Resources

Tuesday, October 4th 2022 
1:30 - 3:00 PM (CST)

Parenting Through a Developmental Lens

Presented by Sue Badeau

Wednesday, October 5th 2022 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)

Identity & Attachment: Understanding LGBTQ+ Impact on Development

Presented by Brianna Sigg, MSW

Tuesday, October 18th 2022 
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)

Kinship Care

Presented by Tami DeCoteau, PhD

Tuesday, October 25th 2022 
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CST)

Birth Family Relationships:
 Navigating the Waters

 Presented by Amber Morrighan, MA, LMFT 

Wednesday, October 26th 2022 
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CST)

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 SEPTEMBER

Navigating Virtual Playground

(1 hour, 25 minutes)
Available September 1-30

Alison Feigh, M.S

Cyberbullying + Texting + Screen Time + Toxic images/Sexting = Yikes! As technology grows and adapts, children are growing and adapting right along with it. The online highway can have some steep learning curves, for students and for parents. Youth can find themselves in over their heads as technology choices move faster than their developmental abilities. Technology isn’t a bad thing, but young people need help in navigating these tools so that their empathy and sense of self can also grow and develop. This presentation details the risks students are facing and practical, positive ways that adults can respond

Telling the Truth and Making Sense of the Past

(1 hour, 2 minutes)
Available September 1-30

Betsy Smalley, MSW

This webinar equips parents with the knowledge and tools they will need as they communicate with their adopted or foster children about the complex, troubling, and often painful aspects of their traumatic past.  The workshop answers such questions as: How do I share difficult information about my child’s adoption in a sensitive manner?  When is the right time to tell my child the whole truth?  What tools or strategies can I use to talk with  my child about his or her history?  Parents will leave the webinar with skills to make sense of the past for adopted or foster children of all ages.

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

FASD: Strategies for Parents and Schools

(1 hour, 24 minutes)
Available October 1-31

Barb Clark, B.A.

Parenting and teaching children with an FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), can be challenging, especially if adults are using consequence based strategies that work for neuro-typical children. Barb will discuss strategies parents can use, and also that teachers can use in the schools. Join us to try to fill your toolbox with strategies on parenting and teaching children differently, rather than harder.


Beyond Picky Eating: End the Power Struggles and Support Nutrition & Healthy Growth

(1 hour)
Available October 1-31

Katja Rowell, M.D.

Roughly one in ten American children eat so little variety or amount that it interferes with physical, social or emotional development. With diagnoses and labels like “failure to thrive,” selective eating, ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder), sensory disorders and just plain picky eating…..families are struggling. 


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.