About Child Welfare Program

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Program (CWP) at Minnesota State Mankato is committed to supporting the recruitment, education, and retention of a well-prepared public and tribal child welfare workforce in Minnesota and beyond. We are proud to provide professional development opportunities for students, graduates, child and family helping professionals, and community members in southern Minnesota and surrounding areas.

When you graduate from CWP, you will be prepared to do important and impactful work in child welfare, such as:

  • Protect and promote the welfare of all children, including those who are challenged, homeless, dependent, or neglected;
  • Prevent, remedy, or assist in the solution of problems which may result in the neglect, abuse, exploitation, or delinquency of children;
  • Prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their families;
  • Restore children who have been removed from their families through the provision of services to the child and family;
  • Place children in suitable adoptive homes in cases where restoration to the biological family is not possible or appropriate; and
  • Assure adequate care of children away from their home, in cases where the child cannot be returned home or cannot be placed for adoption.

Learn more about child welfare as a career

Child Protection as a Career:  (< 2 minutes)

Child Protection Work in Minnesota: A Realistic Job Preview:  (32 minutes)

CASCW Case Example – Investigation:  (7.26 minutes)