Sorenson provides leadership for Minnesota's, nation's child welfare system
As director of the Child Safety and Permanency Division for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Jamie Sorenson provides leadership to the state’s child welfare system. He oversees child abuse and neglect prevention and early intervention, child protection, foster care, adoption, adolescent services, Indian child welfare, research and evaluation, and training and quality assurance programs. Sorenson is responsible for outlining and maintaining a vision for the division’s future.
Sorenson also has an impact on child welfare practices nationwide, as he was appointed in 2017 as president of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators. Founded in 1983, the association represents public child welfare agencies, providing leadership for the development of sound policy, successful and innovative practices, and critical capacity-building to improve agency performance and outcomes for children.
“In my new role I will work to ensure a safe and loving public child welfare system that provides children with permanent homes and support in their social and emotional development,” Sorenson said. “I’m looking forward to partnering with the executive advisory committee in advancing child welfare objectives and priorities.”
Sorenson previously served on the association’s Executive Advisory Committee for more than two years as the Central Region representative.
Sorenson has 24 years of professional child welfare experience. He has served as regional director at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, family and children’s services manager for Eau Claire County Human Services in Wisconsin, and child protective services trainer at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, before joining the department. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation and his Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He has completed course work for a doctorate of Public Administration at Hamline University, St. Paul.