Indian Child Welfare: Links and Resouces
- The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) promotes social and economic self-sufficiency of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American Pacific Islanders, including Native Samoans. ANA provides community-based project funding to improve the lives of native children and families, thereby reducing long-term dependency on public assistance.
- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is responsible for the administration and management of 55.7 million acres of land held in trust by the United States for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.
- Casey Family Programs is a Seattle-based national operating foundation that has served children, youth, and families in the child welfare system since 1966. Its Indian Child Welfare page describes the organizations Indian Child Welfare initiatives.
- The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Providing health services to members of federally recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides health services to approximately 1.5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to more than 557 federally recognized tribes in 35 states.
- The National American Indian Court Judges Association is a national voluntary association of tribal court judges devoted to the support of American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems through education, information sharing and advocacy. ICWA checklists are downloadable in PDF format.
- The National Congress of American Indians serves as the major national tribal government organization and is positioned to monitor federal policy and coordinated efforts to inform federal decisions that affect tribal government interests. This site has a directory of Federal Recognized Tribes and information about the organization's child welfare resolutions, initiatives, and events.
- The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) provides training, technical assistance, and research to help the nation's courts, judges and staff in their important work. NCJFC offers guidance for the courts in its publication Improving Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act: A Guide for Juvenile and Family Courts.
- The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) provides public policy, research, and advocacy; information and training on Indian child welfare; and community development services to a broad national audience including tribal governments and programs, state child welfare agencies and other organizations, and professionals interested in the field of Indian child welfare. NICWA provides an online training course on ICWA for a small registration fee.
- The National Resource Center on Data and Technology (NRC-CWDT) provides assistance and consultation in an individualized manner based on the needs of the Tribe. Tribal technical assistance areas include case management system development, data improvement, and IT procurement.
- The National Resource Center on Permanency Planning and Family Connections (NRCPP) at the Hunter College School of Social Work is a training, technical assistance, and information services organization dedicated to help strengthen the capacity of State, local, Tribal and other publicly administered or supported child welfare agencies to: institutionalize a safety-focused, family-centered, and community-based approach to meet the needs of children, youth and families. Promising and evidence-based practices and policy from States and Tribes are available through the NRCPP.
- The National Resource Center for Youth Development (NCWRCYD) works with tribes to enhance services to tribal youth through the development of strategies that promote productive stakeholder meetings with states, youth involvement and connections, and cultural responsiveness. NCWRCYD has extensive experience in helping tribes develop and improve program services for tribal youth.
- The Native American Rights Fund-Practical Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act answers questions about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) by people of all levels of familiarity with this important law, and provides a comprehensive resource of information on ICWA.
- The Native American Training Institute provides unique, culturally relevant training and curriculum packages for professionals working with Native American children and families.
- The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) is a national and international collective of antiracist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation. Its Undoing Racism Community Organizing Workshops move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism to create a more just and equitable society.
- Reconciliation in Child Welfare for Indigenous Children, Youth, and Families is a North American movement, committed to developing a better child welfare system for Indigenous children, youth, and families.
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