Mandatory Training

Children's Mental Health Training

Children's Mental Health Training is required by Minnesota Statute 245A.175.  Required Children's Mental Health Training

Watch the Children's Mental Health video DHS Children's Mental Health Video

Complete the Children's Mental Health Learning Assessment Tool (PLAT) Personal Learning Assessment Tool - PDF


Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training

Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training is required by Minnesota Statutes section 260.212 subd.14.  Required Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training

Watch the Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training video  DHS Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training Video

Complete the Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training Verification Form NRP Verification - PDF


Training Required if Providing Care for Children Age 8 or Under

Car seat training must be complete before you can be licensed to care for a child age 8 or under.  Car seat training is required by Minnesota Statute 245.18.  Required Car Seat Training

Register for an in-person Children and Restraint Systems (C.A.R.S.) training at DeveloptoolMN.  You will need to register for an account in order to sign up for the training.  You can also contract your Foster Care Social Worker at 218-879-4511, to find out about other possible C.A.R.S. training in the community or surrounding area.


Training Required if Providing Care for Children Age 5 or Under

Under Minnesota Statutes 245A.144 child foster care providers caring for infants or children through 5 years of age must be instructed and receive training on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Abusive Head Trauma (SUID/AHT) at least once every 5 years.  Required Sudden Unexpected Infant Death & Abusive Head Trauma.

Training on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Abusive Head Trauma (SUID/AHT) needs to be completed if you are caring for children age 5 or younger.  The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) approves the following trainings.  You need to watch all 6 videos and give the completed post tests to your licensor to get credit.  

SUID Videos

Safe Sleep, Produced by Hennepin County(4:17)  Safe Sleep

Safe Sleep Practices, Produced by Eastern Virginia Medical School (5:50)  Safe Sleeping Practices

Sleep On It - Preventing Unsafe Sleeping Practices Produced by Dakota County (6:28)  Sleep on It

SUID Post Test  SUID Post Test - PDF

AHT Videos

Never Shake:  Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome, Produced by Missouri Children's Trust Fund (7:48)  Never Shake: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

The Doctors - Shaken Baby Syndrome, by The Doctors Talk Show (1:48)  Shaken Baby Syndrome

Forever Shaken, Produced by Brain Injury Nebraska (33:16)  Forever Shaken

Complete the SUID/AHT Personal Learning Assessment Tool (PLAT)  

Under Minnesota Statutes 245A.144 MN Statute 245A.144 child foster care providers caring for infants or children through 5 years of age must be instructed and receive training on SUID/AHT at least once every 5 years.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training

You must complete the following training within one year of receiving your license.  

Watch the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Training Video (1:13:57) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Complete the FASD Personal Learning Assessment (PLAT) 

The training requirements for child foster care licensing in Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.175, MN Statute 245A.175, were amended to add an annual requirement of one hour of training on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders within the first 12 months of licensure.  After the first 12 months of licensure, training on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders maybe part of the 12 hours of the required in-service training per year.  

Online Training for Child Foster Care

Viewing these online trainings will count toward annual required training hours.  

Children's Mental Health: ADHD,  Presented by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (57:20) Children's Mental Health: ADHD

Children's Mental Health: Anxiety, Presented by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (58:55) Children's Mental Health: Anxiety

Children's Mental Health:  Depression, Presented by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (53:34) Children's Mental Health: Depression

Children's Mental Health:  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Presented by the Minnesota Department of Human Services ( 24:36)  Children's Mental Health: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Children's Mental Health for Resource Families: Autism, presented by Minnesota Department of Human Services (49:50) Children's Mental Health: Autism

Caring for the Infant Experiencing Withdrawal, Presented by Becky Baker, MSN, RNC, and Megan Main, BSN, RNC, (1:50:34) Caring for the Infant Experiencing Withdrawal

Foster Parent College

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