Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) Advisory Network

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The members of the Advisory Network will support the mission statement of the MNCWTA and the Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Framework by providing information on the current trends and challenges facing the child welfare workforce, provide input and feedback on MNCWTA initiatives, and support solutions to enhance training and professional development of the child welfare workforce and foster the development of cultural responsiveness.

Qualifications and Experience

Are you interested in becoming a member of MNCWTA’s Advisory Network? The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy Advisory Network is looking for members that have one or more of the following qualifications and/or experiences:

  • Practice experience in the child welfare system or related fields of practice (Ex. MH therapist, substance abuse counselor, guardian ad litem, child development specialist, law enforcement, judges, attorneys, educators etc.)
  • Lived experience with the child welfare system (Ex. Parents, caregivers, youth formerly in foster care)
  • Interest and investment in addressing disparities and disproportionality in child welfare through training
  • Interest in supporting the well-being and development of the child welfare workforce


We are looking to expand beyond the traditional advisory board model of regularly scheduled meetings. Rather, we would like to engage our Network in targeted and organic ways. Your participation and time commitment can be flexible based on how and in which ways you are able to engage. This includes:

  • Inviting MNCWTA staff to listen or present feedback to an already existing community group
  • Attending meetings on specific MNCWTA training products, like curriculum
  • Assisting MNCWTA in recruitment of trainers in a particular region of the state and/or particular subject

MNCWTA Advisory Network Participant Kickoff Meetings

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) is ready to bring Advisory Network participants together to learn more about the network and next steps for involvement. To best accommodate busy schedules, we are offering two meeting times. The same information will be presented at each meeting. Please register for one of the following two option:

  • Monday, April 17 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Central
  • Wednesday, April 19 from 9:00-10:15 p.m. Central

Compensation of $50 will be provided for those with lived experience who are not being paid as part of their current role. If this applies to you, please contact Marissa Kirby-Stofferahn at If you are interested in learning more about these meetings and/or the Advisory Network, please complete the Interest Form below (if you haven't already).