Tribal Child Welfare Resources

These workforce development resources are specifically targeted to tribal child welfare programs. 
If there are any resources we can help you find or you have resources to add to this collection, please contact Sharon Kollar at

2 webinar A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities
The guide identifies values and priorities that can foster trust and build the knowledge and skills of Tribes, their evaluation partners, and other stakeholders to conduct more useful and meaningful child welfare evaluations.

 2 webinar Collaborative & Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities: The Roles and Voices of Key Stakeholders
This video describes the roles of key stakeholders to create a new narrative for evaluation in Tribal communities and reflects on the publication, A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities, for promoting more collaborative and effective evaluation with Tribal communities.

2 webinar Creating a New Narrative: Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities
This video describes historical experiences of intrusive research and judgmental evaluations that have caused harm to many American Indian and Alaska Native communities, introduces a vision for the future of Tribal child welfare evaluation and a guide for developing culturally and scientifically rigorous evaluation. 

2 webinar Dismantling Racial Inequity #2: Community Collaboration and Grassroots Effort
This webinar is the second session of “Dismantling Racial Inequity Through Child Welfare Systems Change” webinar series and highlights the partnership between Iowa Department of Human Services and Native American community representatives and their efforts to address the overrepresentation of Native American children in the Woodbury County child welfare system.

2 webinar Defining Active Efforts in the Indian Child Welfare Act
This 1-pager defines and explains active efforts according to the 2016 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) final rule. Information includes examples of how active efforts are different from reasonable/passive efforts and how child welfare programs can ensure active efforts are followed.

2 webinar Effective Leadership for Tribal Child Welfare
This guide provides some basic information on how to establish effective tribal governance and the role of tribal leadership in tribal child welfare systems.

2 webinar ICWA Flow Charts
This series of flowcharts serves as a guide for making decisions related to ICWA.

2 webinar ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders
This guide provides recommended actions that tribal leadership can take towards ensuring compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). 

2 webinar Improving the Welfare of Native Children by Using and Managing Data
Covering the basics of data, this brief resource includes information on how data can be used to address issues and help tribal child welfare programs thrive. Guiding questions are provided to help programs think through how they want to use and manage data.

2 webinar Judge William Thorne on the History and Healing of American Indian Families
In this podcast episode Judge Thorne reflects on federal policies — such as the boarding school movement — that have had a devastating impact on American Indian children, families and culture. The questions then pivot to the present: What are the repercussions of these policies, what challenges are facing tribal communities today, and how are these communities responding in innovative ways to help their own families heal.

 2 webinar Leading Practice: A Resource Guide for Child Protection Leaders
This guide operationalizes five leadership capabilities – critical reflection, engaging others, managing oneself, delivering results and leading and inspiring. It is designed to strengthen the knowledge base of leaders, including their affective and analytical capabilities and the capacity of leaders to establish and utilize relationships of influence; and to provide leaders with useful reflective exercises to undertake independently, in supervision and in teams. 

2 webinar Mindfulness in Family Assessment
Making mindfulness practices an integral part of the culture, structure, and practice of child welfare organizations results in reduced stress, increased capacity to engage with families, and better outcomes for families.

2 webinar Navigating Rough Waters: Lessons Learned & Challenges to Avoid When Planning a Tribal Child Welfare Data System
When programs journey through the river of data, knowing how to navigate rough waters and overcome challenges can make a tremendous difference. This one-page resource offers suggestions on how to stay on course when planning and implementing a data system. 

 2 webinar Planning for Your Program’s Child Welfare Data System
This two-page resource offers concise guiding questions for programs to consider as they develop or enhance a data system. Data needs, program capacity, and readiness for change are highlighted. 

2 webinar Reducing Disparities through Indigenous Social Work Education
This paper highlights effective and inclusive education designed to address the dramatic
overrepresentation of Indigenous families in North American public child welfare systems including a pathway to “decolonizing” social work education by honoring and integrating Indigenous knowledge into social work education to support culturally responsive child welfare.

2 webinar Resources for Healthy Generations
This document provides a list of substance abuse, child welfare, and domestic violence resources designed specifically for tribal communities. 

2 webinarRural & Tribal Child Welfare Education
This paper summarizes a study that explored the needs of the child welfare workforce in rural and remote areas of California, and provides possible solutions and implications for improving rural workforce development and commitment to social justice, through education. 

2 webinar States’ Consultation and Collaboration with Tribes and Reported Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
This report is a summary of the information states provided in their 2015–2019 Child and Family Services Plan’s (CFSP) in accordance with the statutory requirements under title IV-B, regarding their compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and their consultation and collaboration with tribes. This report also includes information reported in a sample of tribes’ CFSPs pertaining to ways in which states consulted and collaborated with tribes.

2 webinar Support Matters: Lessons from the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families
This guide provides State, Tribal, and Territorial child welfare managers and administrators information about effective strategies for developing data-driven adoption, foster care, and kinship support services and research findings to help them make the case for implementing and sustaining these services.

2 webinarTask Force on Native Americans in Social Work Education Final Report: Status of Native Americans in Social Work Higher Education
This report compiles the work of two projects launched by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to move forward research on Native Americans in social work education. The first is a a data collection initiative on Native American students and faculty, as well as Native American content in social work curriculum. The second is the work of the Native American Task Force, which examined the current state of Native Americans in social work education.

2 webinarTribal Codes as Sovereignty in Action: A guide for tribal leaders
This guide describes how tribes have responded to ICWA, how child welfare codes and laws have evolved, and how Native nations enact their sovereignty to protect their children. Discussions consider how tribal child welfare codes reflect tribal culture and tradition and
how codes can reflect the specific needs of a tribal community. Throughout, the report aims to provide decisionrelevant information for tribal leaders working to increase protections for their communitieschildren and families.

2 webinarTools From Tribes
Tribal child welfare programs shouldn’t have to reinvent every wheel. With a cooperative and collaborative spirit in mind, the Capacity Building Center for Tribes created this space for tribes to easily share the forms, agreements, tools, and templates they use on a regular basis with one another.

2 webinar Trauma Informed Practice with American Indian/Alaska Native Populations
This paper describes how to develop a trauma-informed lens for working with American Indian/Alaska Native individuals, families, and communities using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Concept of Trauma.

2 webinarTribal sovereign status: Conceptualizing its integration into the social work curriculum
This banded dissertation contains three related products: a conceptual article, a research article, and the development of an original social work course. Together the products conceptualize, research, and envision how accredited social work programs can integrate tribal sovereign status relevant theories and concepts into curriculum to prepare social workers to collaborate and work with Indigenous peoples and communities.

2 webinar What We Have Been Gifted
This hour long documentary focuses on the lives and culture of the people that make up the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota.