The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) is a collaboration between the Department of Human Services and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. At the MNCWTA our goal is to provide child welfare professionals with opportunities to nurture their commitment to the work, provide pathways to grow their skills and expertise, and to thrive in this important career. Just as professionals are focused on supporting Minnesota’s children and families, the MNCTWA is focused on supporting our workforce.

Listening Sessions

In light of changes happening statewide in response to COVID-19, we are halting all scheduled listening sessions (both in-person and online). Our goal with these sessions is to share the work that has been happening with the development of the Training Academy thus far and to hear from you - our primary learners and our community partners - about your priorities for the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA). As we are responding to new demands within this shifting landscape, we need to restructure our plans for how to share this information, hear from you, and engage in the meaningful and accessible way that we intend for our Training Academy to operate.

We will work on redesigning and restructuring these Listening Sessions in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we would like to begin gathering some of your thoughts and feedback through this online form. Your input will help shape the future of child welfare training in Minnesota.

Please keep an eye out for additional information on Listening Sessions in the weeks ahead. Updates will be posted on this website, and questions can always be sent to

Thank you for your patience, and for contributing your feedback. Together we hope to create training experiences that lead to success for child welfare professionals and the families we serve.

Listening sessions marked on the MN state map