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October 2014Vol. 15, No. 9Circle of Keepers Trainer's Manual, Resource Guide

The Mountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC) and the Shawnee Area Native American Child Protection Team (SANACPT) under the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work provide a number of resources to child welfare professionals and potential foster families. One such resource is the training curriculum Circle of Keepers: Voices of Native American Foster Care Warriors that features a trainer's manual and a foster family resource guide. 

The curriculum was developed to specifically incorporate Native American traditions, beliefs, and practices to better meet the needs of Native American children in foster care and help them heal through culture while also preserving the connection to their Native American heritage. The sessions highlight specific information on child development including the identification of human needs, such as accepting grief and loss. Additionally, video presentations assist potential foster care parents with behavior management, strengthening families and cultural connections, fostering resiliency in youth, and participating in a community circle of caring. Trainers and foster families can also access certificates of completion from the website.

View additional resource links on topics including at-risk youth, child abuse and neglect, child care, domestic violence, parenting/child development, welfare and assistance, and more. For more information on the Circle of Keepers: Voices of Native American Foster Care Warriors, visit the website: