Our Work with Tribes
We partner with the National Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes), along with other members of the Children’s Bureau’s Training and Technical Assistance Network, to provide support to multiple tribal child welfare systems and to assist in the development of recruitment and retention strategies. Our tribal child welfare specialist is the lead contact for our work with Tribes.
Below are some examples of requests we receive from tribal child welfare systems and ways that we can help Tribes with recruitment and retention:
- Working with the Winnebago Tribe to assist in the development of their tribal foster care program, including identifying strategies to recruit and retain in-community tribal foster homes.
- Working with the Osage Nation for strategies to improve and expand their pool of available resource families for children and youth entering foster care. Our technical assistance includes helping Osage Nation Social Services develop a five-year recruitment and retention plan to increase the number of their resource families.
- Supporting the Choctaw Tribes on their goal of dramatically increasing the number of licensed Choctaw foster homes available to care for Choctaw children and youth in Oklahoma. The tribe identified this goal as part of larger vision to use tribal resources to support the success of the Tribe’s children.
- Assisting the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska to support their goal of developing their customary adoption program.
In addition to providing technical assistance directly to Tribes, we also work with States that are seeking to partner with Tribes on recruitment and retention efforts.
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