Becoming A Provider

The first step in becoming a child foster care provider is to submit an email requesting an electronic informational packet. If you do not have email access or have additional questions, please contact Marisa Ferguson at 763-682-7484.

The second step is to attend both Orientation I and II to learn more about the program and further steps to licensure. Please also review the Steps of Initial Licensing Process
 
 

Required Pre-Service Training (Before Licensure)

The following items are required for pre-service training and must be completed before licensure. Please complete each training (video and/or review of documents), complete the quiz, and return it to your licensor.

Please note:
The videos do not have chapters. If you need to stop the video, please note the time so you can return to the same spot. 

If the videos are not playing, you may need to install a FREE Adobe Flash Player.

Orientation

Your are required to attend the public Orientation I & II sessions offered through Wright County Health & Human Services.  The session dates can be found on the calendar.

There is an online orientation option that can be accessed by contacting Marisa Ferguson at 763-202-2263 or marisa.ferguson@co.wright.mn.us
Mental Health 101
Video, Handout & Quiz (return)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
(FASD)
Video & Quiz (return)
Normalcy & Reasonable Prudent Parenting Standard
Video, Minnesota’s Reasonable Prudent Parent Standard Guidance, Handout, and Acknowledgement (return)


Depending on the age of children you wish to care for, you will also be asked to take Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUID), Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), and Children & Restraint Systems (CARS) class.

All providers are encouraged to complete these course to ensure potential siblings groups can remain together.

You are responsible for course payment.

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUID) 

Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)

Valid for 5 years

TWO OPTIONS:

Search ’Sudden Unexpected’ at Develop for locations throughout Minnesota. Please note that you are not required to create an account through Develop.  By giving the instructor your licensors email address, a notice of completion will be emailed to Wright County. A benefit of creating a free Develop account is you will have permanent access to the verification you completed the course.


To fulfill the requirements for SUID/AHT training on-line, complete the following pieces:

Statue Review and video verification (return with signature after viewing the video

Review the Texas A&M handout and complete the quiz.

Children & Restraint Systems (CARS)

This course may be taken at Wright County Health & Human Services or another location

Valid for 5 years


TWO OPTIONS:

Search Restraint’ at Develop for locations throughout Minnesota. Please note that you are not required to create an account through Develop.  By giving the instructor your licensors email address, a notice of completion will be emailed to Wright County. A benefit of creating a free Develop account is you will have permanent access to the verification you completed the course.

Search CARS (Child & Restraint Systems) for a course located at Wright County Health & Human Services.  

CARS – Due to the MN Peacetime Emergency Order, the MN Department of Human Services has waived some licensing requirements. At this time, you will not need to complete an in-person CARS class.
  • Applicants will need to review online information on the Federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

  • You are required to watch the “How to choose the right seat” video. This can be found at the top of the NHTSA website or on YouTube

  • In addition, you are required to watch the Installation Instruction video for each type of seat you will be using based on the age and size of the child(ren) you are transporting.

  • Please send an email to your licensor documenting the completion of these videos.

  • It is unknown if you will need to complete this course in person at a later date.

Wright County Health & Human Services
1004 Commercial Drive, Buffalo, MN 55313-1736
Fax: 763-682-7701

Marisa Ferguson
Non-Relative Providers
763-202-2263
Kris Carlson
Relative Providers
763-684-2311
Kim Cohn
Relative Providers
763-682-8934