The UWM-Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership (MCWP) is a competency-based training and professional development program housed within the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW), MCWP provides a full array of professional development and training services to BMCW and contract agency staff, supervisors and managers as well as to foster families licensed on behalf of the BMCW.

MCWP is also part of the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System (WCWPDS), which oversees professional development to child welfare staff, supervisors, and care-giving families throughout Wisconsin.  As a member of this system, MCWP participates in a state-wide approach to training that is family-centered, child-focused, strength-based, and culturally responsive.


MCWP provides a range of services to support professional development of child welfare staff and foster and adoptive parents, including:

  • Learning needs assessments
  • Competency-based instructional design
  • Training delivery using a variety of instructional methods (e.g. web-based)
  • Learning evaluation
  • Performance improvement consultation and facilitation
  • Performance coaching
  • Leadership development

Contact Information & Hours


(414) 964-7400 – Central Reception
(414) 964-7397 – Foster Parent Registration & Information


(414) 964-7404


The MCWP Center for Learning is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Center for Learning is also open on some evenings and Saturdays depending on our training schedule.

Physical Address

4425 N. Port Washington Road
East Lake Towers, Suite 400
Glendale, WI 53212

We are located on the 4th floor of the East Lake Towers building. If you are making a delivery to our facility, there is a loading dock located on the Northwest side of the building. As the loading dock is locked from the outside, please contact an administrative staff member at (414) 764-7400 who will help you gain access to the facility. Free parking is available at the south end of the parking lot, marked with a sign that reads “UWM Parking”.

Mailing address

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2400 E. Hartford Ave
PO Box 786
Milwaukee, WI 53211-0786

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