Native Families for Native Children (NF4NC)
Native Families for Native Children (NF4NC) administered through the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is designed to expand upon successful child welfare efforts of States and Tribes in building cooperation and collaboration among child welfare partners toward recruitment and retention of Native resource families that supports the traditions, culture and needs of Native American communities. The project seeks to revise and field test foster and kinship training to be culturally responsive and effective for Native people while also developing Native trainers to conduct foster and kinship care training, support community leaders, and to serve as consultants for others outside of Siouxland who are interested in replicating the practices.
The NF4NC project components involve:
- Creating an enhanced concurrent system response to permanency for Native children, particularly in regard to State and Tribal relationships including the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Iowa Department of Human Services, Omaha, Ponca, Santee, and Winnebago Tribes
- Developing a diligent and culturally relevant, multi-faceted Native resource family recruitment, training, licensing and ongoing support process that is integrated into Tribal and State systems and Child and Family Service Plans
- Using the NF4NC project as a transformative platform for improved system response to permanency and building connections for Native children and embracing the concept of permanency beginning at entry into the child welfare system;
- Effectively evaluate and document the processes and linkages between diligent recruitment strategies and improved outcomes for children specific to Native children
- Developing the Siouxland area as an identifiable site that other States/locales seeking to implement improved diligent recruitment methods can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication
The NF4NC service area will include the Nebraska and Iowa Counties of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s Service Area, as well as the Omaha, Santee, and Winnebago reservations.