"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

Product Highlight ~ Genetic Memory: How Trauma Can Change DNA
What is genetic memory? How can we know things we never learned? Emerging science is pointing to a broader understanding of genetics and what many indigenous cultures have long understood about how things are passed from one generation to the next.  Learn More

Webinar Highlight
Individual and Family Healing - Join us as we look forward to sharing healing strategies that impact individuals and families..
April 25th, 2018.  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
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Webinar - Developing and Supporting Prospective and Current Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families

May 9th Developing and Supporting Prospective and Current Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families with AdoptUSKids
Family development and support—starting from when prospective parents first inquire to a child welfare system and continuing after placement—can help strengthen the pool of families for children in foster care and ensure that resource families are able to meet the needs of children in their care. Learn more and register for this free webinar.

Genetic Memory: How Trauma Can Change DNA

What is genetic memory? How can we know things we never learned? Emerging science is pointing to a broader understanding of genetics and what many indigenous cultures have long understood about how things are passed from one generation to the next. The newest resource list from the Center for Tribes shares introductory information on genetic memory (also known as ancestral memory, genetic transmission, or even intuition), the soul wound (Duran, E.), and the interconnectedness between genetics and intergenerational/historical trauma, PTSD, and adverse childhood experiences.

How can communities bring healing and build leadership from within?

Our newest resources feature innovative projects that demonstrate the capacity of communities to respond to issues that impact their children and families. Arctic Winds Healing Winds, a non-profit organization based in Alaska, uses a proven model for community healing that nurtures and develops leadership and data management skills.

Child welfare agencies can learn from these projects and gain ideas on how to engage and collaborate with community members to create lasting solutions to whatever challenge you face.

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.

How To Prepare For A Family Assessment

For those working with families, every assessment can have a powerful impact on a person’s life. It is important to be self-aware, intentional about engaging with families, and to use the information collected to make informed decisions. This two-page resource offers brief guidance for those in the field and helpful reminders for each of these areas.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as… “stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders.” ACEs are known to have lifelong detrimental impacts on a person’s well-being. While many ACEs materials exist, few focus specifically on American Indian and Alaska Native children. We’ve compiled those here along with other websites and tools that may be helpful in your work to support tribal children, youth, and families. Adverse Childhood Experiences
  

Pathways to Tribal Title IV-E: Tribal Title IV-E Options

All Tribal Nations are unique and possess their own customs, traditions and the way they work on a day-to-day basis. Our hope is that this guide provides you with information on the funding requirements to assist in determining if applying for direct Title IV-E funds or pursuing a Tribal-State Agreement might be an option for your Tribe.
  

Indian Children and the Federal-Tribal Trust Relationship

"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)

Family Assessment: Understanding Bias: An Online Learning

Each assessment done by a caseworker or frontline staff can change the course of someone’s life. Understanding bias helps to ensure that they don’t get in the way of assessing family’s strengths and needs. The newest tools from the Center for Tribes Family Assessment Series are designed to help one understand and overcome their own bias:
Family Assessment: Understanding Bias (online learning)
How to Overcome Bias (companion handout)

More from the Family Assessment Series:
How to Prepare for a Family Assessment
When working with families it is important to be self-aware, intentional about engagement, and to use the information to make informed decisions. This two-page resource offers brief guidance for those in the field and helpful reminders for each of these areas.

Working with Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ Youth

The Center for Tribes’ newest resource list shares information designed to raise awareness and encourage tribal child welfare professionals to think through how they can better support Two-Spirit and/or Native LGBTQ children and youth.
  

Journey Through the River of Data Series

Data is a river that flows through all aspects of child welfare work, as well as through the community – a key resource but one that can sometimes be challenging to navigate. Developing data capacity can be like traveling from downstream to upstream. You may need someone who is further upstream to give you guidance on how to avoid rough waters or undercurrents that may throw you off course.

1. Improving the Welfare of Native Children by Using & Managing Data
Covering the basics of data, this brief resource includes information on how data can be used to address issues and help tribal child welfare programs thrive. Guiding questions are provided to help programs think through how they want to use and manage data.

2. Planning for Your Program’s Child Welfare Data System
This two-page resource offers concise guiding questions for programs to consider as they develop or enhance a data system. Data needs, program capacity, and readiness for change are highlighted.

3. Navigating Rough Waters: Lessons Learned & Challenges to Avoid When Planning a Tribal Child Welfare Data System
When programs journey through the river of data, knowing how to navigate rough waters and overcome challenges can make a tremendous difference. This one-page resource offers suggestions on how to stay on course when planning and implementing a data system. 

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.

Resources for Healthy Generations

The inter-connection of substance abuse, child welfare, and domestic violence are unhealthy inseparable partners. Acknowledging that each community is unique,These resources are intended to build on each community's strengths of today and the past. These efforts are intended to help families develop a sense of what is healthy for now and for future generations.
  

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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