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Human Services director named president of national child welfare association

10/11/2017 3:08:37 PM

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Katie Bauer
The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators appointed Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Safety and Permanency Director Jamie Sorenson as president of the association. Sorenson most recently served on the association’s Executive Advisory Committee for more than two years as the Central Region representative.
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. Members include public child welfare administrators, deputies and other child welfare agency staff.
“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 is director of the Child Safety and Permanency Division for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Providing 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. He is responsible for outlining and maintaining a vision for the division’s future. 
“We are proud of Jamie’s appointment as president of the association,” said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. “Not only will he help children in the child welfare system across the country but also the children here in Minnesota from all he learns from others.” 
Sorenson has 24 years of professional child welfare experience. He has served several roles in social work, including 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. 
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