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May 2006Vol. 7, No. 4Working With Native American Children and Families

Several new resources focus on the specific needs of Native American children and families involved with child welfare:

  • Tribal-State Relations is an issue brief from Child Welfare Information Gateway that can help States and Tribes find ways to work together to meet the goals of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). It was developed in partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association.
  • Working With American Indian Families is the theme of February's Practice Notes from the North Carolina Division of Social Services and the Family and Children's Resource Program. This newsletter provides information on history, cultural considerations, and resources.
  • Working With American Indian Families: Learning Resources is the companion piece to Practice Notes. This issue of Training Matters provides links to resources on cultural competence and ICWA.
  • Understanding the Effects of Childhood Trauma on Brain Development in Native Children, by E. Wasserman, is a report designed to help those who work with Native American children understand how early abuse and trauma affect development. This report was created by the Tribal Law & Policy Institute, under the Children’s Justice Act Training and Technical Assistance Project, from the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice.