Are you interested in enhancing the way you look at and use your child welfare data? Mapping child welfare and geographic data together can help agencies locate potential foster homes, identify community services, and inform planning, service delivery and decision-making efforts. This resource from the Center for Tribes has lots of information and steps to get you started.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a mapping tool that can capture, analyze, and display geographic reference data. Using GIS doesn’t have to be expensive. Any tribal department can get GIS software and training through the BIA at no cost and there are a number of free geographic data files listed in the above resource.

New to GIS? See: Mapping to Protect Children & Preserve Communities for an introduction to GIS and its applicability to tribal child welfare.