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.



Implementation Report: July 2019 - June 2022

We are pleased to share our first Implementation Report, which is a compilation of the first three years of the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy. This and future reports can be found on our Reports page.

NTI Training

The NTI self-paced online training, which previously was built into each Foundations cohort, is now a separate course. Supervisors can assign this to new workers, or have new staff register on their own, as it is still a requirement for completing foundations. Look for the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) CW Professionals (CWTA X401) course in the Training Catalog. A separate course for supervisors is also available.

Mandated Reporter Training

Mandated Reporter Training is a self-paced learning module that is designed for professionals identified by law who must make a report if suspected or known child maltreatment has occurred. This training features videos, quizzes, and activities that can be completed through self-study. Learn more...

Using Simulation to Enhance Child Welfare Training

Simulation is an exciting and fast-developing practice that can be used to greatly enhance child welfare training. At the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA), our curriculum development team has been working in collaboration with Kurt Hattenberger, our simulation specialist, to develop simulation into our training curriculum. Learn more...

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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