How do you strengthen your program? How do you know you’re providing the highest quality services to children, youth and families?  The Center for Tribes supports capacity building efforts to strengthen your program in areas such as:

  • Culturally appropriate family support services
  • Creation and use of Community Advisory Committees
  • Training and evaluation of your workforce
  • Foster family recruitment and support
  • Development of evaluation supports
    • evaluation design
    • continuous quality improvement (CQI)
    • data systems
    • logic model development
    • use of spreadsheets to analyze program data
  • Using program development templates
    • partnership MOUs
    • flow charts
    • policies/procedures
    • referral forms

      What support and capacity do you need to strengthen?

What is Title IV-E?

Designed to guide interested Tribes through the basics of Title IV-E, this brief user-friendly module allows users to explore the federal funding option at their own pace and learn more about potential benefits and challenges that may be encountered. Interactive tools will help Tribal leaders and staff decide whether they’d like to move forward with the application process and how to get started.

Stages of Change

As you begin a journey through systems change, our new interactive graphic, Stages of Change, can help! Outlining the five stages of change, this new tool provides brief user-friendly information with links to additional resources. You can also view our one-page handout on the five different stages of change for easy reference.

Pathways to Tribal Title IV-E: Tribal Title IV-E Options

All Tribal Nations are unique and possess their own customs, traditions and the way they work on a day-to-day basis. Our hope is that this guide provides you with information on the funding requirements to assist in determining if applying for direct Title IV-E funds or pursuing a Tribal-State Agreement might be an option for your Tribe.
  

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Indian Country

This webinar illustrates how community awareness and Tribal support are vital to combat human trafficking in Indian Country. Case examples are used to assist multidisciplinary team members in assessing resource strengths and needs as well as investigation challenges that present themselves in trafficking cases..

Presenter: Geri Wisner, Executive Director for the Native American Children’s Alliance. Webinar hosted Wednesday, January 9, 2017 by the Capacity Building Center for Tribes.

Journey Through the River of Data Series

Data is a river that flows through all aspects of child welfare work, as well as through the community – a key resource but one that can sometimes be challenging to navigate. Developing data capacity can be like traveling from downstream to upstream. You may need someone who is further upstream to give you guidance on how to avoid rough waters or undercurrents that may throw you off course.

1. Data Overview: Using Data to Help Communities Thrive
This interactive online learning tool is designed to help tribal child welfare professionals consider how to use data to inform service delivery to children and families and help their communities thrive.

2. Improving the Welfare of Native Children by Using & Managing Data
Covering the basics of data, this brief resource includes information on how data can be used to address issues and help tribal child welfare programs thrive. Guiding questions are provided to help programs think through how they want to use and manage data.

3. Planning for Your Program’s Child Welfare Data System
This two-page resource offers concise guiding questions for programs to consider as they develop or enhance a data system. Data needs, program capacity, and readiness for change are highlighted.

4. Navigating Rough Waters: Lessons Learned & Challenges to Avoid When Planning a Tribal Child Welfare Data System
When programs journey through the river of data, knowing how to navigate rough waters and overcome challenges can make a tremendous difference. This one-page resource offers suggestions on how to stay on course when planning and implementing a data system. 

Presentation Tips

Are you a Tribal caseworker who has had to present in court? Have you provided testimony as a qualified expert witness? Or maybe you're a Tribal Child Welfare director who needs to make presentations to your Tribal Council. When asked to present, it's important to be prepared! We're excited to announce our newest interactive product, A Guide to Presenting & Facilitating: Teachings of the Medicine Wheel, developed by Tribal child welfare advocates.

This guide is designed to assist Tribal child welfare professionals prepare for presenting by addressing all four areas of the medicine wheel: mind, emotion, body, and spirit. We hope you find this new resource helpful as you work to support your communities, families, and children.

Resource Lists

Research & Evaluation in Native Communities
Developing tribal capacity to understand and conduct research and evaluation in tribal communities is an exercise in sovereignty. These resources can provide information to get you started.

Title IV-E Resource List
Title IV-E of the Social Security Act provides funds for states and tribes to provide foster care, transitional independent living programs for children, guardianship assistance, and adoption assistance for children with special needs. View this resource guide to learn more!

GIS Mapping

Mapping to Protect Children and Preserve Communities

Learn about how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and child welfare are a natural fit. Developed for tribal leaders and social service agencies, this resources explains the benefits of GIS mapping and ways tribes can use this technology to keep children connected with their community and culture.
 

Resource Highlight

2015-19 Title IV-B Training Plans

The Center for Child Well-Being at Arizona State University have compiled nearly every state's 5 year Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and noted the pages within the plans that speak to the state's Title IV-B training plan. They've also included state-level contacts, links to the most recent Final CFSRs and associated Program Improvement Plans.

This area is currently for staff and consultants. Thank you.