Child Foster Care - Schedules/Training Dates

                                                                                                                                               Child Foster Care
C.A.R.S. (Children and Restraint Systems)
Child Foster Care Orientation Meeting Schedule
Resource Family Training
SUID/AHT (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma) Training
Training and Support for Foster Parents

C.A.R.S. (Children and Restraint Systems)
To make sure there is available space in each class, you must pre-register by calling Terri Burkhart at 763-682-7516 or 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7516, or e-mail Terri.Burkhart@co.wright.mn.us. Class fee is $15 for Wright County Child Care/Foster Care providers, $20 for providers outside of Wright County, and $20 for Law Enforcement personnel. Pay fee prior to class by calling Terri Burkhart at 763-682-7516 or 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7516. Class fees are non-refundable unless you reschedule. A minimum of ten participants need to be registered in order to hold class. Class will be canceled one week prior to class if the minimum is not met. No admittance after class has started. Note: These trainings are approved on the MNCPD Registry.

DateTimeLocationRoom
05/14/20141 p.m. to 4 p.m.Wright County Human Services Center, 1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo127
07/23/20141 p.m. to 4 p.m.Wright County Human Services Center, 1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo127
09/10/20145 p.m. to 8 p.m.Wright County Human Services Center, 1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo127
11/12/20145 p.m. to 8 p.m.Wright County Human Services Center, 1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo127

Child Foster Care Orientation Meeting Schedule
RSVP to Marisa Ferguson at 763-682-7484 or 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7484, or e-mail Marisa.Ferguson@co.wright.mn.us.

Child Foster Parents: Orientation - Part I - This orientation will be an overview of the child foster care program within Wright County. All child foster care applicants are required to attend.

Child Foster Parents: Orientation - Part II - This orientation is for all those wanting to get licensed for Child Foster Care. This orientation will cover mandated reporting and specifics about the child foster care program of Wright County. This is a mandatory part of the licensing process for applicants wanting to get licensed for child foster care.

DateTimeLocationRoom
05/13/2014Orientation Part IIWright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
07/08/2014Orientation Part IWright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
08/12/2014Orientation Part IIWright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
10/14/2014Orientation Part IWright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
11/04/2014Orientation Part IIWright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Resource Family Training
Pre-registration is required one week prior to each session. All adult household members are encouraged to attend. Attendance at ALL sessions is recommended. This is a free training available to all foster parents. RSVP to Marisa Ferguson at 763-682-7484 or 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7484, or e-mail Marisa.Ferguson@co.wright.mn.us.

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05/08/20146 p.m. to 9 p.m.Wright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 The Significance of Substance Abuse on Families
Children entering foster care are often affected by parental substance abuse. Substance abuse by biological parents greatly impacts children's behavior. This three-hour introductory training on alcohol and other drug abuse offers resource families a framework in which to comprehend the topic of alcohol and other drug abuse. Participants will learn about different levels of chemical abuse and explore strategies for working with children and families.
06/12/20146 p.m. to 9 p.m.Wright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
A basic three-hour training session for Resource Family providers on the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact of exposure to domestic violence (DV) on children, and strategies for supporting children who have been exposed to DV. The training describes some of the specific needs of children exposed to domestic violence and how to respond effectively. It also promotes resiliency in children who have been exposed to domestic violence and supports the development of their positive coping strategies.
08/07/20146 p.m. to 9 p.m.Wright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 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.
09/11/20146 p.m. to 9 p.m.Wright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 Effects of Caregiving 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.
10/09/20146 p.m. to 9 p.m.Wright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 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."
11/20/20146 p.m. to 9 p.m.Wright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 Working with Adolescents (Part 1) - Attendance is highly encouraged at both sessions.
Adolescence is a unique, complex, and difficult time in life. It is exciting yet frightening. For young persons that are involved in the foster care system, life and development can be even more dynamic. This training, which is designed for caregivers of young people, will assist you in understanding “typical” adolescent development and behavior as well as the unique attributes of youth involved in the foster care system. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and explore strategies for understanding development, culture, communication, special needs, and building relationships.
12/04/20146 p.m. to 9 p.m.Wright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo120A/B
 Working with Adolescents (Part 2) - Attendance is highly encouraged at both sessions.
Adolescence is a unique, complex, and difficult time in life. It is exciting yet frightening. For young persons that are involved in the foster care system, life and development can be even more dynamic. This training, which is designed for caregivers of young people, will assist you in understanding “typical” adolescent development and behavior as well as the unique attributes of youth involved in the foster care system. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and explore strategies for understanding development, culture, communication, special needs, and building relationships.

SUID/AHT (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma) Training
Please register by calling Terri Burkhart at 763-682-7516 or e-mail Terri.Burkhart@co.wright.mn.us. If you are not familiar with the training location, please ask for directions and plan extra travel time. Training does not have to be taken in the county in which you are licensed. Registration is required in order to make sure that enough materials and space are available. The total cost for both classes is $10.00. Payment can be taken over the phone. Class fees are non-refundable unless you reschedule. A minimum of 10 participants need to be registered in order to hold class. Class will be canceled one week prior to class if the minimum is not met. There is no admittance to class after 6:05 p.m. for evening classes. Note: These trainings are approved on the MNCPD Registry.

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05/21/20146 p.m. to 8 p.m.Wright County Human Services Center, 1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo127
 ** 5/21/2014 Class is Full **
06/25/20146 p.m. to 8 p.m.Wright County Human Services Center, 1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo127
07/23/20146 p.m. to 8 p.m.Wright County Human Services Center, 1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo127
09/17/20146 p.m. to 8 p.m.Wright County Human Services Center, 1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo127
11/19/20146 p.m. to 8 p.m.Wright County Human Services Center, 1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo127

Training and Support for Foster Parents
These training and family support groups are offered through collaboration between the Central Minnesota Mental Health Center and Wright County Human Services. All Wright County child foster care providers are welcome to attend. There is a skills group available for children age 10 and older. RSVP to Marisa Ferguson at 763-682-7484 or 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7484, or e-mail Marisa.Ferguson@co.wright.mn.us. * Training and Support Group attendance is required for all providers currently working with the Therapeutic Foster Care program.

DateTimeLocationRoom
05/19/2014Family SupportCentral MN Mental Health Center, 308 12th Avenue S, BuffaloN/A
 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
06/23/2014TrainingCentral MN Mental Health Center, 308 12th Avenue S, BuffaloN/A
 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Topic: Teaching Appropriate Social Skills
08/25/2014Family SupportCentral MN Mental Health Center, 308 12th Avenue S, BuffaloN/A
 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
09/22/2014TrainingCentral MN Mental Health Center, 308 12th Avenue S, BuffaloN/A
 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Topic: Beyond Consequences
10/27/2014Family SupportCentral MN Mental Health Center, 308 12th Avenue S, BuffaloN/A
 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
11/24/2014TrainingCentral MN Mental Health Center, 308 12th Avenue S, BuffaloN/A
 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Topic: Managing Crisis/Suicide Awareness

Adoption Support Group Information

Meetings are designed for concurrent foster care providers and people in the process of adoption, or people who have completed adoption. Activities for children age 10 and up are available.  Child care is available for younger children for a small fee.

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2nd Tuesday of every month6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Monticello Community Center
505 Walnut Street, Monticello

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