Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare Studies

Department of Social Work

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Welcome to the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies

Our programs and projects prepare students to become effective child welfare practitioners, particularly in working with American Indian families through offering stipends, coursework and other cultural and experiential learning opportunities.  

The Center also partners with tribes, county agencies, and non-profits in Minnesota to help improve American Indian child welfare practice and reduce the disparities experienced by families in the child welfare system.  For more information on partnering with the Center, please contact Bree Bussey, Center Director.

Center Priorities:

  • Prepare advanced generalist social workers who are able to meet the needs of at risk children and their families when working with county and tribal agencies in the region
  • Develop social work practitioners who are committed to racial and social justice, as embodied in the concepts and practices of cultural competence and cultural humility
  • Promote best practices in child welfare, including strength-based, trauma informed practices and effective program development to address unmet needs
  • Address the unique needs of providing child welfare services in rural areas
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with and among other public, private, and tribal agencies/organizations to strengthen the region's ability to promote the wellbeing of children by developing healthy families and communities
  • Conduct research and evaluation that promote the wellbeing of all children and their families