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New Foster Care Provider Class Descriptions

Foster Care Home

Ramsey county new foster care pre-service trainings are three hours     

For more information call 651-266-4123  

Child Passenger Restraints (car seats)

Child Passenger Restraint training is mandatory for foster care providers BEFORE transporting children under age 9 in a motor vehicle. Training includes proper use and installation of child restraint systems. The child's size,weight and age are discussed in the training.

CSP9101: Overview of Resource Family Care

Participants will begin learning about the world of child welfare and their role as foster parent. This module helps the participant understand the need for resource families and provides specific information on the commonalities and differences between being a foster, concurrent permanency planning, adoptive, or kinship caregiver.

CSP9102: Team Building

Participants will explore their role as a member of the social service team and how to support the child or youth in their care. The training discusses how to work collaboratively with the caseworker, agency staff, birth parents, and other professionals including how to participate in case coordination activities.

CSP9103: Cultural Issues in Placement

Participants will learn skills in becoming culturally competent by exploring their values, attitudes and patterns of behavior. They will the importance of developing and nurturing the cultural identity of children and incorporating it into their family.

CSP9104: Family Systems and Abuse and Neglect

Participants will begin to identify the characteristics of families where maltreatment occurs and the role of parents in preventing abuse and neglect. They will explore the contributing factors to maltreatment and learn how abused and neglected children continue to be at increased risk for abuse and neglect even after being placed in foster, adoptive or kinship care.

CSP9105: Impact on Abuse and Neglect on Child Development

This training provides an overview of normal childhood development and the impact of abuse and neglect.  It also explains how to recognize developmental delays or challenges.

CSP9106: Attachment, Separation and Placement

This training outlines normal, healthy attachment and the impact on attachment of separation from primary families. Participants will explore how children’s developmental levels affect their understanding of and reactions to out-of-home placement.

CSP9107: Discipline

This training examines the importance of discipline based on the child’s age, developmental level, past experiences and their current situation. It also explains the rationale for statutes and rules on physical punishment in alternative care homes.

CSP9108: Primary Families

This training helps the participants to understand the grief process of a birth parent whose children have entered an out-of-home placement and the importance of involving the birth family in case planning, daily decision-making and other activities to support reunification.

CSP9109: Sexual Abuse

This training examines the definition and dynamics of child sexual abuse. Participants will learn that sexual abuse is a complex problem and that children who have been sexually abused may have a hard time adjusting to a new home. Additional training and resources to successfully care for these children and teens will be discussed.

CSP9110: Effects of Caregivers on the Family

Participants will learn to recognize signs of family stress and know the importance of developing and using support systems to prevent a family crisis. Procedures will be outlined that are required if allegations of maltreatment are made. Health, hygiene and nutritional issues will be explored.

CSP9111: Permanency Issues for Children

Participants will learn the unique aspects of becoming a permanent home for a child who will not be returning to their biological parents.  They will begin to understand how post-placement issues such as loss, identity and loyalties can be complicated for these children and begin to prepare for them.  Caregivers will explore the supports for parents and children in their community.

CSP9112: Permanency Issues for Families

This training helps participants recognize the long-term adjustment to adoption for the parent and the child. This includes dealing with grief, loss, identity, control, divided loyalties and fertility issues as well as the fantasy of being a “dream family.”

Learn more at MCWTS Website

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