Child Welfare Practice

Building staff capacity to provide effective practice with our children, youth, and families is an everyday priority for our communities. The Center for Tribes builds on the strengths of tribal community helping to improve skills, abilities, and  resources in meeting the unique needs of a tribe in the areas of:

  • Permanency
  • Customary adoption
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Transitional services
  • Working with LGBT youth

Together we collaborate on developing competencies, access to information/knowledge, and sharing from a range of activities that will enhance capacity towards the creation of a sustainable and effective programming that honors and respects our tribal communities.

Family Assessment: Understanding Bias: An Online Learning

Each assessment done by a caseworker or frontline staff can change the course of someone’s life. Understanding bias helps to ensure that they don’t get in the way of assessing family’s strengths and needs. The newest tools from the Center for Tribes Family Assessment Series are designed to help one understand and overcome their own bias:
Family Assessment: Understanding Bias (online learning)
How to Overcome Bias (companion handout)

Working with Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ Youth

The Center for Tribes’ newest resource list shares information designed to raise awareness and encourage tribal child welfare professionals to think through how they can better support Two-Spirit and/or Native LGBTQ children and youth.


How To Prepare For A Family Assessment

For those working with families, every assessment can have a powerful impact on a person’s life. It is important to be self-aware, intentional about engaging with families, and to use the information collected to make informed decisions. This two-page resource offers brief guidance for those in the field and helpful reminders for each of these areas.    

Resources for Fathers

Engaging and Supporting Native Fathers

We've compiled targeted resources for Tribal Child Welfare Agencies focused on engaging and supporting fathers in this handy one-page document. 




Sex Trafficking Resources

Sex Trafficking Resource List

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, Public Law (P.L. 113-183) was signed into law on September 29, 2014. The law amends the Title IV-E foster care program to address trafficking, limits another planned permanency living arrangement (APPLA) as a plan for youth, and reauthorizes and amends Family Connections Grants and the Adoption Incentives Program. This document provides targeted resources for Tribal Child Welfare related to sex trafficking.

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