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Child Welfare Scholars Program

With help from Title IV-E federal child welfare training funds is to strengthen staffing in public child welfare agencies. The Department of Social Work at UMD has become a partner in fulfilling this purpose through our Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies. We have undertaken The Center initiatives in the areas of student support, American Indian Projects, and curriculum development.

"What Does It Take to Raise Healthy Anishinaabeg Children?"

Beginning in 2003, the Center has been asking the question "what does it take to raise healthy American Indian children?" With the help of a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, the Center completed a three-year research study asking tribal elders how to raise healthy American Indian children. The Center has produced several national and state-wide presentations, a poster, and online training related to this work. Currently, the Center is expanding this research to the Twin Cities, and Duluth to begin to ask the question "what does it take to raise healthy American Indian children in the city?"

Summer Institute in American Indian Child Welfare

The annual Summer Institute is an opportunity for Tribal child welfare workers and administrators to develop new practice skills, share collective experiences, and learn with other Indian child welfare professionals and scholars in a Tribal context. The Center's hope is that this free training can emerge as the premier opportunity for Tribal child welfare workers in the state and continue to be provided for years to come. The 2016 Summer Institute will be held July 17-20th at the Northern Lights Casino and Event Center in Walker, MN. Check back for registration information.

Winter Institute

The annual Winter Institute is an opportunity for County and Tribal child welfare workers and administrators to learn about best practices in addressing disparities in out of home placement in Minnesota. This FREE conference offers child welfare practitioners the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into best practices, while providing a great venue for networking. The 2016 Winter Institute was held February 23rd at Grand Casino Hotel and Event Center in Hinckley, MN. Click here for conference materials and powerpoints.