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Training needs to be completed as part of the process of becoming licensed to provide foster care.  This is done individually with your licensing worker, via DVD, and in person through trainings done in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  Our staff will help you get connected to these trainings. For non-relative applicants, pre-service training must be completed prior to being licensed. Once licensed, foster parents are required to each have 12 hours of training a year.

The following are trainings that you might need to complete.

Children’s Mental Health
All child foster care applicants need to complete this training. Watch the McMahon Children's Mental Health video and complete the self test to get credit for the training. 

Children's Mental Health training
Children & Mental Health handout
Self Test

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Abusive Head Trauma (SUID/AHT)
Training on SUID/AHT needs to be completed if you are caring for children age 5 years or younger. Contact your licensor for training available locally. 

Children And Restraint System (C.A.R.S.)
Child passenger safety C.A.R.S. training needs to be completed if you are licensed and caring for children under 9 and plan to transport them. Contact your licensor for training available locally. 

Normalcy, Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standards
The Normalcy, Reasonable, and Prudent Parenting video is a mandated training by DHS for all current foster parents and for anyone that would like to become a foster parent.

Watch the Normalcy, Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standards video and mail your licensor what you learned from the training.

YouTube video: Normalcy & Reasonable & Prudent Parenting Standard Training 
                  -Training instructions & Post test
                  -Normalcy & Reasonable & Prudent Parenting Standard Training handout
                  -Minnesota’s Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Guidance Sheet

Smoke-Free Child Foster Home
In Minnesota all child foster care homes must be smoke free and prevent second hand exposure to children per Minnesota Statute 260C.215, Subd. 4, 6 & 9. This includes inside the home as well as any space connected to the home, including a garage, porch, deck, or similar space; all outdoor areas on the premises of the home when a foster child is present; and in a motor vehicle in which a foster child is transported. If a foster parent fails to provide a smoke-free environment for a foster child, the child-placing agency must ask the foster parent to comply with a plan that includes training on the health risks of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Smoke Free Foster Care Video

Forms & General Infor?mation
Self Test training verfication form- Must be filled out when you would like training credit and did not receive a certificate
Incident/Injury Report form
DHS Resources & Information page
Furnace Inspection form
Training Log
Paths to Permanency informational

Other Possible Training Options (the following website are not necessarily endorsed by Stevens County. Contact your licensor to verify a possible training is appropriate and would be approved toward training hours.)
De-escalation techniques video
DHS Resource Family training videos
MOFAS training on-demand webinars
Foster Care Institute
Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

Additional web resources
NFPA- National Foster Parent Association 
MN Adopt
MOFAS – Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness 
MACMH – Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health 
MCCCA – Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies 
CEED – Center for Early Education and Development 
PACER Center- for children with disabilities 
Minnesota Mental Health