Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare Studies

       2015 Winter Institute

Announcing the 3rd Annual Winter Institute in African American and American Indian Child Welfare:  Addressing Opioid Addiction

Date:  Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

        8:00am registration and continental breakfast

Location:  Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN

  Join professionals from around the state to learn about programs working to address the issue of opioid addiction in child welfare.


This conference is FREE but you must register to attend

MN Board of Social Work CEUs available

Lunch and refreshments provided


Register Here!


Conference Resources






Lorain County Ohio’s Call To Action:  The Opiate Epidemic

Jane Robertson, Deputy Executive Director, Lorain County Children’s Services

Honorable Debra L. Boros, Presiding Judge, Lorain County Family Drug Court


Family Drug Courts can be a valuable tool for a community and its child protection agencies by assisting Children Services clients (who are drug/alcohol dependent and whose children have been adjudicated abused, neglected or dependent) retain or regain custody of their children, complete case plan components, and maintain sobriety. Establishing a functioning Family Drug Court requires intra-agency  shared vision, trust, knowledge and skill, and substantial communication between agencies. During this keynote, the Honorable Judge Debra L. Boros and Children Services Deputy Director Jane Robertson, will discuss the development of Lorain County’s Family Drug Court including how to support staff engagement and buy-in, increase client participation, align with the best practices from multiple systems, and support both court and children services decision-making regarding children affected by parental substance abuse.



The Opioid Crisis, a Many-Headed Monster

Phil Norrgard:  Human Services Division Director, Fond Du Lac Reservation

For American Indians, opioid use has become a crisis that continues to impact children, families, and communities on multiple levels.  Carlton County in Northern Minnesota currently has the highest opioid related mortality rate in the state.  Phil Norrgard, director of Fond du Lac Human Services, will discuss this from a tribal perspective and share the innovative ways that Fond Du Lac is providing treatment and ongoing support through their tribally based treatment program.


Wayside House: Working with pregnant and post partum women who have an opiate dependency










UMD Social Work Department

220 Bohannon Hall
1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

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

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