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Transracial Parenting Competencies for Parents and Professionals (August 19, 2020)

Robert O’Connor, MSW

WHENWednesday, Aug 19th 2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM (CST)
A link to register for this training has been emailed to all Anoka County Foster Parents.

Audience: Parents & Professionals
Level: (Intermediate)
Ages addressed: 0-18

*This webinar will NOT be recorded*

This session will teach the best practice competencies for helping children and families in transracial homes to develop healthy racial and cultural identities. The most frequently asked questions by foster, kinship, adoptive parents and by the professionals who support them will be shared and answered. Real case scenarios will be discussed, and resources provided to all who participate. All families need to know how to successfully navigate today’s race-conscious society and to set our children up for success.

After this session, participants will be able to identify theories, frameworks and practices to approach parenting across racial, ethnic and cultural differences. Participants will also be able to identify key parenting tasks and commitments to pursue. The presenter shares his powerful personal story of being a child in transracial foster and adoptive placements, and his unique professional perspective as a professor and diversity specialist.

Robert O’Connor is a national speaker and thought leader on transracial families in child welfare. He is social work professor and director of child welfare at Metropolitan State University and a former state ward turned state ward administrator, who grew up in transracial placements.

Free MNAdopt Webinars

Foster Parent College Blended Pre-Service CurriculumMN Department of Human services

A joint effort between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and County Social Services Agencies using the Foster Parent College curriculum. The Minnesota Child Welfare Training System (MCWTS) has a contract with Foster Parent College to offer their blended Pre-service training to foster parents. It is a blend of online and in-person training.

  1. Fall Session:

    September 10th, October 8th, November 5th and December 3rd | 6 to 9pm | Anoka County Government Center Rm. 237 (or online)

    View the Pre-Service Training Flyer here.

    The pre-service training blends four classroom schedule sessions and 10 online courses on
    In between each meeting, trainees will view several online courses to prepare for the next meeting to discuss content, ask questions, and learn more about caring for children in foster care.

    All meetings take place from 6-9pm in room 237 of the Anoka County Government Center.  Doors will be open 15 minutes prior to the training start times. Please use the main entrance across from Wells Fargo Bank.
    If deemed necessary due to COVID-19 recommendations these sessions will be held online via Zoom.

    To register, or for more information, contact: 
    Heather Lance | 763-324-1226 |

  2. 26th Annual Anoka County Fall Foster Provider Conference

    Please check back for information on the next fall conference that will be held in October of 2020.