Tribal Child Welfare
Information Exchange

of the Capacity Building Center for Tribes

  "Tawacin pawanjila ye unyan pi ki Wajanyeja ki oun waste yuha pi kte lo"
"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children."
- Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota

"The federal duty of protection of internal tribal sovereignty, which has been strongly linked to the welfare of Indian children since the Founding, is now as closely realized as it ever has been throughout American history. In the Self-Determination Era, modern federal laws, including ICWA, constitute a return of federal Indian law and policy to constitutional fidelity."
Fletcher, Matthew L. M. and Singel, Wenona T., Indian Children and the Federal-Tribal Trust Relationship (April 28, 2016)

Building an Effective Tribal-State Child Welfare Partnership

We’re excited to announce a new user-friendly online resource focused on Building an Effective Tribal-State Child Welfare Partnership. This comprehensive resource includes an extensive toolkit intended to assist Tribes and non-Native partners with that collaboration. The featured tools and information can help guide and strengthen your relationships as you work to support your children, families and communities. We encourage you to spend some time exploring and reflecting on the wealth of information shared in this resource.

ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders - now an app!

Access our ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders online or download it as a PDF! On a tablet or smartphone? The online version can be saved to your home screen as an app for easy offline access! Developed by Tribal Leaders, Tribal child welfare staff, and knowledgeable ICWA experts, the purpose of this Guide is to recommend actions that tribal leadership can take towards ensuring compliance with ICWA. You can also download our printable poster to hang in your office.

"As leaders, it is time to determine our destiny where our children are concerned..."


What is Title IV-E?

Designed to guide interested Tribes through the basics of Title IV-E, this brief user-friendly module allows users to explore the federal funding option at their own pace and learn more about potential benefits and challenges that may be encountered. Interactive tools will help Tribal leaders and staff decide whether they’d like to move forward with the application process and how to get started.

Presentation Tips

Are you a Tribal caseworker who has had to present in court? Have you provided testimony as a qualified expert witness? Or maybe you're a Tribal Child Welfare director who needs to make presentations to your Tribal Council. When asked to present, it's important to be prepared! We're excited to announce our newest interactive product, A Guide to Presenting & Facilitating: Teachings of the Medicine Wheel, developed by Tribal child welfare advocates.

This guide is designed to assist Tribal child welfare professionals prepare for presenting by addressing all four areas of the medicine wheel: mind, emotion, body, and spirit. We hope you find this new resource helpful as you work to support your communities, families, and children.

Featured Events & Resources

New Resource List from the Center for Tribes: Research and Evaluation in Native Communities

Featured Story: Building bridges Judge creating networks between state, tribal courts

Exploring the Tribal Information Exchange - Webinar Recording
The Capacity Building Center for Tribes, with guidance from a group of national native child welfare experts, values providing culturally responsive materials and tools for growth to tribal social service professionals and communities. To better support this commitment and value, the Tribal Information Exchange was created as a complement to our Capacity Building Collaborative website. This website provides easy to access content that focuses on tribal topics, a space for tribes to share and learn from one another, and hundreds of tribal resources from the Center for Tribes and beyond.

Tribal STAR, in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services, and CalSWEC (California Social Work Education Center) has released it's latest eLearning ICWA Introduction.  This eLearning is required to be viewed by all new hire social workers and is a pre-requisite to attending the full day classroom training. California is the first state to require a full day ICWA training for all new social workers.

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