As an extension of the relationship between the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), the Training Academy offers Minnesota families, counties, and tribes free access to curriculum and resources developed by the nationally recognized Foster Parent College (FPC). FPC provides innovative, research-based, and interactive courses to give foster, adoptive, and kinship parents the knowledge and tools they need. The content is CASA approved, endorsed by the National Foster Parent Association, and developed by experts in the fields of parenting, social work, pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and education.

Counties and Tribes can choose to take advantage of this opportunity through:

  • The FosterParentCollege.com self-paced training and resources, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This unlimited access offers more than 70 eLearning modules and is available to any county or tribe in Minnesota by contacting us.
  • The Minnesota Foster Parent College Pre-service Training. This training consists of four live meetings and three self-paced modules. Agencies can choose to have the training be delivered by an Academy Trainer via a pre-scheduled cohort or have a member of their own team deliver the content.

For Counties and Tribes hoping to learn more about this program and get involved, please contact Diana Miller at dkmiller@umn.edu or explore our new Minnesota Foster Parent College Training Partner Resource Site.

How to Register

To register families for an upcoming cohort, agencies can complete the participant registration form and should expect to hear from Diana Miller if they have not yet attended an FPC orientation. Dates are subject to change based on enrollment.

  • Cohort 10
    • Thursday, October 6, 2022
    • Thursday, October 20, 2022
    • Thursday, November 3, 2022
    • Thursday, November 17, 2022
  • Cohort 11
    • Thursday, December 1, 2022
    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • Thursday, December 29, 2022
    • Thursday, January 12, 2023
  • Cohort 12
    • Thursday, January 26, 2023
    • Tuesday, February 7, 2023
    • Tuesday February 21, 2023
    • Thursday March 9, 2023
  • Cohort 13
    • Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • Thursday, April 6, 2023
    • Thursday, April 20, 2023
    • Thursday, May 4, 2023
  • Cohort 14
    • Thursday, May 18, 2023
    • Thursday, June 1, 2023
    • Thursday, June 15, 2023
    • Thursday, June 29, 2023
  • Cohort 15
    • Thursday, July 13, 2023
    • Thursday, July 27, 2023
    • Thursday, August 10, 2023
    • Thursday, August 24, 2023
  • Cohort 16
    • Tuesday, September 12, 2023
    • Tuesday, September 26, 2023
    • Tuesday, October 10, 2023
    • Tuesday, October 24, 2023
  • Cohort 17
    • Thursday, November 2, 2023
    • Thursday, November 16, 2023
    • Thursday, November 30, 2023
    • Thursday, December 14, 2023