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Resources for Tribes

The ability to adapt skills and services to meet the needs of Native families is an essential aspect of child welfare practice. Tribal child welfare systems can face unique challenges and have unique strengths. Some Tribes maintain their own foster care systems, and others partner with child welfare agencies to recruit families for Native children in foster care. Having Native resource families available allows children to maintain connections to their birth families and Tribes. The following resources provide ideas to help identify homes for Native children and youth, outline ways to develop an effective Tribal child welfare system, and offer additional links to support.

Identifying homes for Native children and youth

Recruiting Families for Native American Children: Strengthening Partnerships for Success (PDF - 107 KB)
National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids (2015)
Provides ideas and suggestions for specific strategies State and county child welfare systems can use to recruit families for Native American children in foster care.

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Developing an effective Tribal child welfare system

Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP)
Children's Alliance
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Highlights the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP), a comprehensive program designed to extend the idea of building positive relationships and alliances beyond birth parents.

Tribal Child Welfare Worker Certification
National Indian Child Welfare Association (2017)
Discusses the specialized knowledge and cultural considerations required in Tribal child welfare. Highly qualified child welfare workers and agencies may demonstrate their professional proficiency in this field by acquiring a Tribal child welfare certification.  

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Finding support and resources

Capacity Building Center for Tribes
Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative
Collaborates with American Indian and Alaska Native nations to help strengthen Tribal child and family systems and services in order to nurture the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families. The Center's Tribal Information Exchange also provides an information and resource sharing service focused exclusively on Tribal child welfare.

National Indian Child Welfare Association
Addresses child abuse and neglect in Tribal communities, including training, research, public policy, and grassroots development. The National Indian Child Welfare Association works collaboratively with Tribal and urban Indian child welfare programs in order to implement culturally competent, community-based programs.

National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment
Provides information to States, Tribes, and territories about best practices in diligent recruitment. The For Tribes section provides Tribal-specific information about recruiting, developing, and supporting resource families.

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