Welcome to the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy!

The Department of Human Services and University of Minnesota Twin Cities have partnered to enhance child welfare training. Our mission is to train, develop, and support the skills, expertise, and well-being of Minnesota’s child welfare workforce while nurturing a commitment to equitable child welfare practice.


Certification Listening Sessions

We are interested in hearing your feedback about a proposed certification model for new workers. In these sessions, we will provide background information and rationale for certification, the legislative requirements, and the structure of the proposed model for new worker certification. Learn more and register here!

May is National Foster Care Month

Whether you are a foster parent or child welfare professional who helps those in foster care, we want to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices you make to help children, youth, and families. Every May we observe National Foster Care Month, recognizing the many children and youth affected by the foster care system, and the efforts made to make their lives better. Learn more.

Southeast Learning Center Open House

Join us on June 12 in Owatonna for our next Regional Learning Center Open House. Come meet our staff, participate in a listening session, learn more about our programs and partners, and share feedback on what is most important to you! Learn more and register here.

Getting Connected

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training System (MCWTS) is now the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA). Lots of exciting changes are coming and we want to make sure you hear all about it! Follow us on social media to receive the latest updates. You can find links to our accounts at the top of the page.

Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Framework

Child welfare work requires a sophisticated set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to provide effective services to children and families. The Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Framework outlines the competencies required for quality practice among front-line child welfare professionals and their supervisors.


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