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April 2010Vol. 11, No. 3Tribal and Migrant Prevention Programs

Tribal and Migrant Prevention Programs

The Children's Bureau is committed to supporting programs and activities that prevent the occurrence and reoccurrence of child abuse and neglect within Tribal and migrant populations. Title II of The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Program) specifies that 1 percent of the available funding from Title II is reserved to fund Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs for child abuse and neglect prevention efforts. In 2007, the Children's Bureau funded two Tribal programs and one migrant program to carry out their proposed child abuse prevention activities. These activities are consistent with the goals outlined in the legislation.

Funded projects include:

    • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
      Location: Toppenish, Washington
      This grantee is implementing the "Spanish-Language Parenting Education Program," using the Los Ninos Bien Educados curriculum to target low-income, Spanish-speaking migrant families in east Yakima. In addition, the program builds community capacity to provide parent-led support groups. The parenting education is culturally specific to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking migrant families. 

    • Grand Traverse Band (GTB) of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
      Location:  Suttons Bay, Michigan
      This grantee is implementing the GTB Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Intervention Program, creating a parent skills education and father-mentoring program for GTB parents and fathers at risk for abuse or neglect. The goals and objectives of the program are to (1) hire a parent educator to make home visits to instruct parents/fathers in the Common Sense Parenting skills program and (2) engage community members from the Native Men's Group to mentor fathers in the roles of Native American fathers and men.

  • Indian Child Welfare Consortium
    Location:  Temecula, California
    This grantee is expanding the work of Indian Child and Family Services (ICFS), whose overall aim is to strengthen and preserve American Indian children and families through the implementation of culturally adapted, evidence-based family strengthening programs. The project has established a Tribal Child Abuse Prevention (TCAP) program that will support a multilevel preventive intervention for native families. 

These grantees have developed unique approaches to address child abuse and neglect prevention efforts in their communities. Each grantee has chosen a different evaluation approach, but they all share similar program outcomes. Some of these outcomes include increased knowledge of parenting skills, access to support services within the community, implementation fidelity, cultural competence, parental empowerment and development, and improvements in children’s behavior in response to positive parenting. Dissemination efforts include a focus at the community, State, and national levels, providing information directly to service agencies and researchers through conference and workshop presentations. 

For additional information on this cluster of grants, please contact the Federal Project Officer, Rosie Gomez, at

To read about a site visit to the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway website:

Contributed by Rosie Gomez, the Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect