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.


Southeast Regional Learning Center Confirmed

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy would like to announce the selection of the Southeast Regional Learning Center in Owatonna. With this addition, the Training Academy now has five learning centers positioned throughout Minnesota. Learn more...

With the opening of this new regional center, applications are being accepted for a Regional Staff Trainer. Learn more on our employment page.

Make sure you are on our mailing list (bottom of this page) to receive announcements and training information as it becomes available.

Regional Training Open to All Learners

Recently someone asked, "Can we attend training at any regional learning center?" The answer is YES! Regional sites were created to help reduce travel for in-person training, but learners who need any of the courses offered by the Training Academy are welcome to attend training at any of our locations. If you have questions about this, contact us anytime.

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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