Douglas County to offer foster care orientation

Free, virtual sessions will begin May 6

Douglas County, along with other surrounding counties, has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to offer virtual foster care orientation this spring.

The purpose of these weekly sessions will be to prepare participants to care for children who have experienced trauma and teach them about the primary goal of finding permanent homes for children when reunification with birth families is not possible.

Four group sessions will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays between May 6 and June 17.

A DHS trainer will facilitate the orientation through Zoom.

After each group Zoom meeting, participants will also be registered for a series of self-paced online classes that they will need to complete prior to the following week’s session.


The registration deadline is May 2, and there is no cost to enroll. Families who reside outside of Douglas County will be directed to register through the licensing worker in the county where they live.

For more information or to register, contact Jennifer McLaughlin by calling 320-762-3814 or emailing

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