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.


Simulation in New Worker Foundations

As part of New Worker Foundations through the Training Academy, learners will take part in a unique form of training that will help to prepare them to work with children and families in Minnesota. This video gives a sneak peek at several of our simulation rooms, and discusses the learning opportunities available.

Culturally Responsive Training in New Worker Foundations

With the upcoming launch of New Worker Foundations Training, one of the many components is the incorporation of Cultural Responsiveness opportunities for learners to develop their own Cultural Competence. Recently, we asked our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Team several questions that learners will likely want to know.

Foundations Launching This Fall

This September the Training Academy is launching New Worker Foundations Training as an entirely new course for all incoming child protection workers. Over the next several months we will share updates, such as this latest blog post. We also recently hosted information sessions. To view a recording and slides, visit here.

Foundations Video Update

Following is our first monthly video update for the launch of New Worker Foundations. More videos are coming throughout the summer.

Training Portal Basics Sessions

Staff from the Training Academy are hosting monthly virtual meetings to demonstrate basic Training Portal skills and take questions to help users better understand how to use our learning management system. Dates and registration links are available on our website.

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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