The Capacity Building Center for Tribes assists Title IV-B funded tribal child welfare agencies build staff capacity, strengthen organizational systems, enhance programs, and improve tribal-state working relations.
The Capacity Building Center for Tribes is a partnership of six organizations that collectively have more than 100 years of experience working with tribal and state partners designing, delivering and evaluating Capacity Building services in Indian Country.
We recognize and respect Tribal self-determination and are committed to providing culturally responsive practices through the following:
- Recognizing and respecting the inherent sovereign authority of American Indian/Alaska Native nations to govern, control, design, and improve their governmental institutions to support their children, families, and communities.
- Acknowledging that empowerment and solutions come from within Tribal communities as they build upon their strengths.
- Approaching our work with honor, respect, and mutual learning, and by observing Tribal customs, traditions, and protocols.
- Providing capacity-building assistance to support American Indian/Alaska Native nations (our primary constituents) in reaching their strategic child welfare-related goals.
- Recognizing the government-to-government relationships between Tribal, Federal, and State governments, and that Tribes are full partners in the design and implementation of programs administered by States with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the Capacity Building Center for Tribes (CBCT). The CBCT is one of three centers in the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. The Collaborative is designed to help public child welfare agencies, Tribes, and courts enhance and mobilize the human and organizational assets necessary to meet Federal standards and requirements; improve child welfare practice and administration; and achieve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children, youth, and families.