The Child Safety and Permanency Division at the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the 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. Learn more about our history here. Also partnering in this critical child welfare training collaboration is the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies (CRTCWS) and the Tribal Training Certification Partnership (TTCP) at the University of Minnesota Duluth providing their expertise in tribal child welfare and working with American Indian families, tribes, and communities.

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. The framework provides the structure for our training and development opportunities.