Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare Studies

About the "Center"

The Mission of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies is to advance the well-being of children by strengthening families and communities through social work education, research, and outreach in the region, with a special emphasis on working in partnership with American Indian tribes.

The Center provides program coordination for all activities of the Department of Social Work that involves child welfare studies and provides financial administration and oversight for all child welfare grants.

Center Priorities:

  • Developing advanced generalist social workers who are prepared to meet the needs of at risk children and their families while working with county and tribal agencies in the region
  • Preparing social work practitioners who are committed to racial and social justice, as embodied through the concepts of cultural competence
  • Promoting best practices in child welfare, including strength-based practice and program development to address unmet needs
  • Addressing the special needs of providing child welfare services in rural areas
  • Developing collaborative partnerships with and among other public, private, and tribal agencies/organizations to strengthen the region’s ability to promote the well-being of children by developing healthy families and communities
  • Conducting research and evaluation that promote the well-being of all children and their families


UMD Social Work Department

220 Bohannon Hall
1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

(218) 726-8497
1 (888) 534-9734

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