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Tools from Tribes is a space for tribal child welfare professionals to easily share with their peers commonly used forms, agreements, tools, and templates.

A testament to the cooperative spirit of the tribal child welfare community, Tools from Tribes is the most frequently visited feature on the Tribal Information Exchange. Tools from Tribes is a unique way to save valuable time, share resources, and build community.

Thank you for your commitment to Tribal child welfare best practice!

These materials are not endorsed by the Capacity Building Center for Tribes or the Children’s Bureau.


Conducting a home study with families is an important part of the child welfare process and a skill that is developed over time with practice. Knowing where to start can often be the most difficult step. In addition to the print resources available in Tools for Tribes, we are proud to present this home study how-to video and accompanying questionnaire. We extend our sincere gratitude to Kendra Lowden who graciously shared the home study tool she has developed for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

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Upon request, we can attempt to remove all identifying information within materials shared. The resources included above that were found publicly available have been shared as-is. Please let us know if anything should be modified. If there’s a tool you’re looking for but don’t see here, we’d love to help! Contact Esther Anne for more information at

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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.

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