Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare Studies


Center Projects

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.

Winter Institute: Addressing Opioid Addiction in Child Welfare

The 3rd Annual Winter Institute Conference is being held on April 7, 2015 at Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN. This FREE conference offers child welfare workers an opportunity to learn more about programs dealing with opioids in child welfare, network with colleagues from across the state, and earn MN Board of Social Work approved CEUs.  The 2015 Winter Institute will focus on opioid addiction in relation to child welfare, and how communities are addressing this difficult problem. Click on the link above for more information and to register.

UMD Social Work Department

220 Bohannon Hall
1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

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

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