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October 2014Vol. 15, No. 9Social Service Use Among Urban American Indian Families

There is a scarcity of information about the use of government services by urban American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) families. To unearth additional information, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in collaboration with the ACF Administration for Native Americans, sponsored a research study to assess the social service needs and usage of urban AI/AN families, including barriers to service receipt and best practices.

As part of the study, ACF released a literature review that explores the history of urban AI/AN families, current demographics, service needs, and barriers to use. In addition to presenting statistics on employment, income, education, and other measurable characteristics, the report explores such topics as what it means to be an urban Indian, gender identity issues, and the context of services.

To read the full literature review, Understanding Urban Indians' Interactions With ACF Programs and Services: Literature Review, visit: (908 KB)