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October 2008Vol. 9, No. 8Webinars on Substance Use in Tribal Communities

In June 2008, the Administration for Children and Families (Region 10), the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, and the National Indian Child Welfare Association hosted two webinars on "Substance Abuse and Child Welfare in Tribal Communities." The webinars included presentations on model programs that stressed family preservation and system collaboration. The two webinars included:

  • Family-Centered Services for Indian Children Impacted by Family Substance Use Disorders. This webinar focused on the delivery of family-centered services in the context of the recovery model and community response. Other topics included identifying traditional positive supports and building understanding for the historical issues that surround Tribal child welfare.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment, Child Welfare, and Court Collaboration. Speakers discussed the Relational Worldview Model, which incorporates the Tribal thought of balance and harmony in relationships. In addition, representatives from four Tribes receiving Children's Bureau funding (to "Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Methamphetamine or Other Substance Abuse") described efforts to create systemwide linkages between their Tribal community and State or county departments of child welfare services and substance abuse treatment services.

The webinars are available on the Children and Family Futures website, along with other materials from the sessions: