Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare Studies


2014 Winter Institute

Announcing the 2nd Annual Winter Institute: Reducing Child Welfare Disparities in Minnesota

Date:  Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

        8:00am registration and continental breakfast

Location:  Grand Casino Mille Lacs:  777 Grand Avenue, Onemia, MN


Registration CLOSED (Google Form)



Conference Resources


Keynote Speaker: Erin Sullivan-Sutton, Assistant Commissioner for Children and Family Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Ten Years Later: Perspectives from the African American Disparities Advisory Committee


Presenters:  Maxie Rockymore, Supervisor, Family Support and Placement Services, Child Safety and Permanency Division, Holly Church, Division Director, Children and Familiy Services St. Louis County Michael Bryant, St. Louis County Health and Human Services; Suzanne Tuttle, Children and Families Services Manager Anoka County


Description: Efforts to improve outcomes for the most at-risk African American children are guided by a 38-member committee of community partners. Begun in 2001, the African American Disparities Advisory Committee provides leadership on strategic questions and supports the implementation of new and original means to address child welfare disparities for African American communities. Trends over the past several years show that progress is being made in Minnesota. Panel members will discuss the innovative programs and initiatives being implemented in several counties and what can be learned from their experiences.

Demystifying Active Efforts


Presenters:  Dr. Priscilla Day and Bree Bussey, University of Minnesota Duluth

Hennepin County:  Elaine Sullivan, Child Welfare Supervisor for ICWA

Redwood County/Lower Souix:  Amanda Holzapfel, Child Protection Supervisor, Thomas Williams, Lower Souix Social Services Director


Description: Active efforts are a cornerstone of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA), and the Tribal State Agreement (TSA), but perhaps more importantly, they are a critical tool in reducing disparities in out of home placements for American Indian children and families. However, confusion exists regarding active efforts among child welfare practitioners. What exactly are active efforts? What is the significance of the active efforts clause and what does this mean for American Indian families? Moreover, how are county workers meeting the federal requirement of active efforts and successfully implementing active efforts daily in daily practice? A panel of county workers who are completing active efforts will provide practical information on what that looks like in practice, what does it not look like in practice, and how making a short-term investment in practicing active efforts will improve long-term outcomes for families.

Keeping Families Together: Tribal Practices that are working in Minnesota


Presenters:  Ted Waukey, Human Services Director, Mille Lac, Candy LaGou, Red Lake Family and ChildrenServices


Description: What are the tribal social service programs and practices working to preserve and protect American Indian families? What is the tribal perspective on active efforts, qualified expert witnesses, and culturally based healing practices to keep families from entering child protection and preserved once entering the child welfare system as well? This panel of tribal social service workers will discuss effective, culturally-centered practices keeping families together as well as discuss what competence looks like in a tribal setting.






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