Training Resources

Pre-Service (prior to licensing)

Children's Mental Health Services Video

Children's Mental Health Video.  There is a self-test that needs to be completed while viewing the training and then signed for documentation.

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma

MN DHS offers web-based videos on the topics of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma, which can be found on MN DHS's website at this link.  When the online class is completed, follow the directions at the bottom of the page on MN DHS's website to complete the training verification form DHS-3803 (PDF).

Normalcy Parenting Standards

This is a required training video for all providers.  After completion, complete questionnaire.  A PowerPoint is available while viewing above video.  Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training.

Additional Training

Proof Alliance (Pr%f) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Training Link  All providers are required to take at least one course about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder each year.  The free videos and webinars on this site do not provide a certificate.  Please use the foster care self-study document.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for Resource/Foster Families

ADHD Video

MN Adopt

MN Adopt offers statewide trainings for families and professionals including some new options for those who cannot attend in person, such as on-line offerings.

National Foster Parent Association (NFPA)

The NFPA provides educational opportunities for their members.

Foster Parent College

Foster care on-line training opportunities for a reasonable fee.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Lists classes that are generally free.

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Lists training modules.  

Foster Club

Helping children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters.


PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to young adult.  Click on Resources to explore in-person training, live-stream webinars, and archived webinars.

Cenpatico University Foster Care EDU

Evening live on-line training with no cost.

Kinship/Relative Caregivers

Realistic Expectations for Kinship Families

Other Online Child Foster Care Training

Scott County Online Child Foster Care Training