A VIRTUAL Peer Group

Building Capacities in Tribal Child Welfare Prevention Programs

This peer group brings tribal child welfare professionals together to share and learn with one another as they work to enhance their prevention programming.

Prevention efforts align closely with traditional values and knowledge. Prevention tools and effective practices will be shared among peers when possible. Topics addressed within this peer group may include tribal child welfare professionals’ experience with or questions about:

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Building Capacity

of families to reinforce traditional values and practices to prevent child abuse and neglect 

Engaging Families

in voluntary case management and support services


court-driven prevention initiatives

Addressing Prevention

when home visits, child-parent visits, mandatory court appearances, home-based parenting programs, and more are limited or not allowed due to social distancing

Meet the Facilitator

Suzanne Garcia

Suzanne Garcia is a Tribal Legal and Child Welfare Specialist at the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. Suzanne has a broad range of experience and has specialized in the following areas

  • Organizational change
  • Program sustainability
  • Tribal/county/state collaboration
  • Intra-tribal collaboration
  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Court improvement programs
  • Healing to Wellness Courts
  • Joint Jurisdiction Courts
  • Court system development
  • Sex trafficking
  • Sex offender registries (Adam Walsh)
  • Domestic violence
  • Trauma informed practice
  • Code development
  • Supporting substance use affected families

Prior to working for the Center for Tribes, Suzanne was in-house counsel for a tribe. Suzanne is licensed to practice law at the Washoe Tribe, the Federal District Court of Nevada and the state of Nevada.

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