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St. Louis County Foster Care helps provide temporary homes for children who cannot live safely in their own.  When kids cannot live with someone they know, they are matched with a licensed foster care provider.

The goal of foster care is to keep children safe while supporting families efforts to reunite. Most children who enter foster care return to their families.

Foster parents make a difference every day. The biggest reward is seeing the children develop and grow.

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Children's Mental Health

This video training is presented by Deena McMahon. This video defines mental health and specifically addresses how it impacts children's development. This training had been approved and will meet the children's mental health requirement for Foster Care initial and on-going training. 

Prudent Parenting

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act amended Title IV-E requiring states to support normalcy for all children in foster care. Children and youth in foster care need to experience the same types of developmentally appropriate and social activities that their friends, families, and classmates who are not in care experience. This new law permits foster parents, designated corporate foster care staff, and residential staff to allow foster children to participate in normal childhood activities by applying the reasonable and prudent parent standard. 

New Educational Videos Released on Shaken Baby and Safe Sleep Awareness

The Department of Human Services has approved the following series of videos to meet the SUID component when individuals are not receiving face-to-face, classroom, or online SUID training. All videos must be viewed to meet the SUID training requirement.  

Safe Sleep -

Personal Learning Assessment Tool (PLAT)

Additional training resources or information:

MOFAS – Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome –

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness –

MACMH – Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health –

MCCCA – Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies -

MN Adopt –

CEED – Center for Early Education and Development –

PACER Center –

Minnesota Mental Health –

Foster Parent College –

Department of Human Services, Minnesota Child Welfare Training System –

Department of Human Services, Children’s Mental Health Division –


Foster Care Licensing

North St Louis County

Jessie Schunk

South St Louis County

Joan Summers

Susan Sickler