Research, Training, & Education


The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW)

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) works in partnership with University, public, private, and tribal child welfare stakeholders to improve the lives of children and families. CASCW works to bridge the worlds of research, policy, and practice, bringing the latest information to students, administrators, policymakers, practitioners, and community members working directly with children and families.

Stacy Gehringer (Director of Outreach)

The Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies (CRTCWS)

The Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies specializes in child welfare education, training and technical assistance with a unique focus on interculturally responsive practice with American Indian families. The Center works collaboratively with Tribal, state, and county agencies to improve outcomes for American Indian children and families.



CAST is an education program within academic settings that teaches students about all forms of child maltreatment, response, and intervention. CAST provides a forensic lens and education specific to child maltreatment.

Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA)

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (CWTA) provides comprehensive training across the continuum of child welfare service delivery. Learners at the CWTA include tribal, county, and some private agency child welfare professionals. Training is delivered online and in person through four regional hubs and a centralized training facility.


Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding. For more, visit or find us at Bemidji State on most of your favorite social media networks.

Mankato State University

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU, M) Department of Social Work is to support the recruitment, education, and retention of a well-prepared public and tribal child welfare workforce in Minnesota. MSU, M’s Department of Social Work is home to the BSSW, undergraduate, and MSW, graduate, programs.

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University Social Work Department Multicultural Child Welfare Stipend Program The mission of the Social Work program is to integrate the values, knowledge and skills inherent to social work into an academic program that will enable multi-culturally competent bachelor's level students to engage in generalist social work practices that will meet the needs of the increasingly diverse Twin Cities communities.

Robert L. O’Connor MSW

Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM)

Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) is a public university in Moorhead, Minnesota. The school has an enrollment of 7,534 students in 2019 and 266 full-time faculty members. The MSUM School of Social Work awards a bachelor’s of social work degree and has been continuously accredited by CSWE since 1973.

Jeremy Carney, MSW, Ph.D.

Southwest Minnesota State University

Southwest Minnesota State University’s Social Work Program offers a Bachelor of Science. A BSW education combines liberal arts with professional social work foundation content to prepare students to work effectively with individuals, families, communities, and organizations. The program also offers the Title IV-E Child Welfare program to prepare students for working on the child welfare setting.

St. Cloud State University

The SCSU Title IV-E Child Welfare Program prepares BSW and MSW students for service with children and families in public and tribal child welfare. Our Child Welfare Scholars, through our social work courses and internships, develop knowledge and skills aligned with the Minnesota Child Welfare Competencies.

University of Minnesota (Duluth)

The Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies implements a Title IV-E stipend program for bachelor’s and master’s level students preparing to become tribal or public child welfare practitioners. With a focus on preparing child welfare scholars to work effectively with American Indian families, the CRTCWS provides stipend funding, coursework, curriculum development, and co-curricular activities to support students while they are in school, and assistance with job pay back obligations after degree completion.

University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

CASCW administers the Title IV-E Child Welfare Fellowship at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. The goal of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program is to provide financial support and educational resources to the Master of Social Work students committed to post-graduate careers in public or tribal child welfare. The primary elements of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Fellowship are: 1. Financial support 2. Educational/Programmatic expectations and requirements 3. Employment obligation 4. Career development and support

Kate Walthour