December/January 2024Vol. 24, No. 10Strategies to Support Indigenous Transition-Aged Youth
A tip sheet from the Capacity Building Center for Tribes, Trauma-Informed Practice Strategies to Support Indigenous Transition-Aged Youth, offers actionable guidance to tribal child welfare programs and caseworkers for supporting Indigenous youth in foster care. It outlines strategies to help these youth strengthen their connections to their tribe, culture, and traditions and access essential resources to navigate their foster care experiences and transition into adulthood.
The tip sheet emphasizes the importance of preserving and nurturing Indigenous youth's ties to their tribal heritage, culture, and traditions. It offers practical recommendations for tribal child welfare programs and caseworkers to facilitate these connections, acknowledging the significance of these elements in the well-being of Indigenous youth in foster care.
Moreover, the tip sheet addresses the concrete needs of Indigenous youth during their foster care journeys. It provides insights into the challenges they may face and offers solutions for caseworkers and programs to support them effectively. This includes guidance on accessing essential resources and support networks, which are crucial for Indigenous youth to navigate the complexities of the foster care system and transition successfully into adulthood.
By offering these dual focuses on preserving cultural connections and addressing practical needs, the tip sheet can equip tribal child welfare programs and caseworkers with knowledge and tools to provide holistic and culturally sensitive care to Indigenous youth in foster care. It encourages a trauma-informed approach to ensure that youth receive the support they require, not only during their time in foster care but also as they transition into independent adulthood.
Read the Capacity Building Center for Tribes' tip sheet, Trauma-Informed Practice Strategies to Support Indigenous Transition-Aged Youth.