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.


March is Women’s History Month and Social Work Month

We want to take this opportunity to celebrate the amazing women who have made this field what it is today. In addition to being a crucial source of progress and leadership, women currently make up more than 80% of the social service workforce. Learn more...

Regional Learning Center Open Houses

Following the successful Grand Opening of the Twin Cities Metro Learning Center in September 2022, the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) will be hosting similar celebrations at our regional learning centers. Learn more and RSVP here!

  • April 21: Southwest Learner Center in Marshall
  • May 5: Northwest Learning Center in Detroit Lakes
  • June 12: Southeast Learning Center in Owatonna

Intercultural Assessment Pilot Launch Temporarily Delayed

The Training Academy has decided to delay implementation the IDI Pilot for Cohort 106 as planned. This decision is based upon recent changes in staff capacity as well as complications due to timing and scheduling. We are still committed to incorporating the IDI assessment and development plan as an important part of our new worker training and are making plans to reschedule the IDI Pilot this year. We thank you for your partnership and patience.

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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