This webinar discussed how geographic information systems (GIS) can help strengthen practice and inform policy in tribal child welfare agencies. Mapping child welfare data can provide meaningful analysis of where to direct resources and build services to meet the needs of families where they are. GIS mapping software manages all types of geographical information (addresses, tribal boundaries, social demographics). GIS and child welfare are a natural fit. GIS mapping allows tribes to see where their children are located, whether on the reservation or states away. Any federally recognized tribe can receive GIS software and training free through the BIA.

Author: Center for Tribes