In collaboration with the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver, Casey evaluated a program to bring together 21 teams of tribal and state representatives to work together over a one-year period to recruit and retain more tribal homes for American Indian and Alaska Native children. American Indian and Alaska Native children thrive with families that reflect their culture, especially if they need to be placed in out-of-home care. To preserve these connections, the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) lays out preferred placements for out-of-home care when a child who meets the ICWA’s definition of an “Indian child” is not able to be safe at home. This brief reflects the best strategies and approaches to meet the goals of ICWA and preserve American Indian and Alaska Native’s children connection to culture and community. For more information, please contact the Casey research team at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.