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Foster Care Certificate Program papers

Identifier: ua-00496

Scope and Content

The collection contains course materials, correspondence, reading lists, evaluations and surveys.


  • 1970-1974


Language of Materials


Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

The Foster Care Certificate Program was initiated in 1970 by the Department of Continuing Education in Social Work within the Continuing Education and Extension (CEE) division of the University of Minnesota. It began as an experimental course for foster parents in the Twin Cities. The program was designed to help foster parents understand their role in the foster care system in Minnesota. In 1972, the program was expanded to offer a 15 credit certificate in foster parent education. Still directed at foster parents, the certificate focused on how to improve services to children in foster homes "by increasing the competency and clarity of the role definition of foster parents." Course offerings included challenges to the foster child, child and adolescent development, and the child and the community. Burton Galaway, instructor in the School of Social Work, was coordinator of the program. The Foster Care Education certificate was listed in the University Bulletin as a program through 1985. Foster care courses thereafter were offered with the Early Childhood Studies Program in CEE.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Collection contains the papers of the Foster Care Certificate Program offered by Continuing Education and Extension at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives on October 6, 1979 by Dr. Burton Galaway.

Foster Care Certificate Program papers, 1970-1974
Karen Spilman; Rebecca Toov
July 2005; updated September 2016
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Finding aid written in English

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