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.

New Training Portal Launching Soon

This fall, the Training Academy will pilot a new system for course registration with a small group of learners (you will be contacted directly if this affects you). Called the Training Portal, this system will help us improve the overall training experience for all county and tribal workers, as well as supervisors. This new system will be used for all child welfare courses delivered by the Training Academy, and should be fully launched by early 2022. Learn more in this recent blog post.

In addition to course registration, this system will manage your training progress and history, house your training materials, Zoom links, and offer better communication between trainers and learners. DHS will continue to use TrainLink for all other courses they offer. More information will be shared later this fall. If you have any questions, just let us know!

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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