Tools and training materials designed specifically for tribal child welfare professionals, from agency directors to front-line staff. Use these materials on your own or with your team to hone your skills.
TRIBAL HOME STUDIES: THE BASICS AND BEYOND
Conducting a home study with families who wish to serve as resource homes for tribal children is an important part of the child welfare process and a skill that is developed over time with practice.
This webinar provides an in-depth overview of how to conduct a thorough home study. Presenter Kendra Lowden with Ghost Thunder Consulting shares the tools she developed as the Foster Care/Adoption Manager with FireLodge Children and Family Services at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation while providing case examples and answering questions about this essential child welfare skill.
Understanding and working to overcome biases helps ensure that they don’t get in the way of assessing a family’s strengths and needs. Though designed with frontline staff and caseworkers in mind, these learning tools have helpful information and strategies for any individual.
Learn about the Tribal Worker Core Competency Training, a curriculum developed by tribes as part of a multi-partner collaborative including Oklahoma tribal child welfare leaders, the University of Oklahoma, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Eastern Oklahoma. Using a simulation center, a tribal curriculum is delivered in a staged but real-life setting. Multiple tribes in Oklahoma joined together as a workgroup with support from the other partners to develop the training, core competencies, and evaluation. This two part webinar series began with an introduction to the training followed by a deeper dive into developing the core competencies.
Presentation tips and techniques tailored for the variety of audiences sharing and receiving information within a tribal community: caseworkers, Qualified Expert Witnesses, Child Protection Teams, tribal leaders and more.