STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

Child welfare professionals help families to reflect and learn and build skills for the life they want for themselves, their children, and their community. To do this challenging work effectively, it is important for professionals to also build their self-awareness, knowledge, skills, and to practice self-care.

The products in this section focus on this type of worker preparation as well as understanding the needs of those in your community, and a variety of tools that are available to child welfare professionals.

ENGAGING FAMILIES

WORKING WITH FAMILIES

This e-learning acknowledges family strengths and resilience while discussing how families are impacted by poverty, disparity, and trauma.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A FAMILY ASSESSMENT

This two-page resource offers brief guidance for those in the field and helpful reminders to keep in mind before working with families.

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ASSESSMENT tool

This resource provides tips and ideas to consider when selecting an assessment tool specific to the needs of families in Indian Country.

CONSIDERATIONS IN CONDUCTING FAMILY ASSESSMENTS

 This resource provides an overview of principles for successfully engaging families in the assessment process, tips for preparing for an assessment, practice considerations in conducting an assessment, and guidance for selecting an assessment tool – all from a strengths-based approach.

 

RESOURCE LISTS

Safety and Risk Assessment Resource List

Safety and risk assessment tools in tribal child welfare

Tribal programs often consider adapting existing safety and risk tools or creating new tools to meet their specific needs as widely used tools may give little consideration to cultural differences in child-rearing, offering an incomplete picture of strengths and challenges. For programs interested in exploring that process, these resources can help.

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The John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to ADULTHOOD

 Learn more about the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program; the funds are highly flexible and can be used to meet the immediate needs of young people currently or formerly in foster care to achieve self-sufficiency, including supplemental support for housing, food, and education and vocation support.

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SUPPORTING NATIVE YOUTH INTO ADULTHOOD

 This resource list contains targeted resources to help child welfare professionals support the health, well-being, and cultural connectivity of native youth while they journey into adulthood.

ENGAGING and SUPPORTING NATIVE FATHERS

 This one-page resource list identifies targeted resources for Tribal Child Welfare Agencies focused on engaging and supporting fathers. 

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CUSTOMARY ADOPTION

In Indian Country, customary adoption is a traditional alternative to standard adoption practice and a more appropriate permanency placement for Native Children. Customary adoption allows children to be adopted without requiring termination of parental rights. This practice exercises tribal sovereignty and helps to maintain family connections.

resources for grandparents

This resource list compiles targeted resources from the field related to supports for native grandparents.

two-spirit & native LGBTQ community

walking in two worlds: understanding the two-spirit/native lgbtq community

Listen to this webinar where the historical roles and identities of Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ people were discussed, how historical/intergenerational trauma has impacted this community, and the efforts to bring back balance, beauty, and acceptance. 

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working with two-spirit and native lgbtq youth

This 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.

supporting two-spirit and native lgbtq youth

 This webinar offered education on Native LGBTQ and Two-Spirit identities and explored answers to the questions: How can tribal communities welcome their Two-Spirit relatives back into their circles? What can child welfare agencies do to create a safe and welcoming environment? How can those who work with youth protect and support the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ individuals in their care?

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The Children's Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes.

Stay Connected!

Email: info@cbc4tribes.org
Phone: 1-800-871-8702