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December/January 2024Vol. 24, No. 10Updates From the Capacity Building Center for Tribes

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes (Center for Tribes) helps American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) child welfare programs that receive title IV-B or IV-E funding build staff capacity, strengthen organizational systems, enhance programs, and improve tribal-state working relationships with the ultimate goal of achieving improved outcomes for AI/AN children, youth, and families.

The information and resources available from the Center for Tribes focus on these key practice areas:

  • Data and evaluation
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Partnerships
  • Professional development
  • Strengthening families
  • Systems and organizations
  • Titles IV-B and IV-E
  • Trafficking prevention
  • Trauma and healing

Many of these materials and tools were created by the Center for Tribes for tribal child welfare professionals. They are accessible via the Tribal Information Exchange, the Center for Tribes' searchable repository that compiles relevant multimedia designed and delivered by the Center for Tribes as well as tools and resources from tribes.


Registration is now open for the December 13, 2023, session of the Data System Procurement for Tribal Child Welfare Programs Webinar Series. Hosts from the Center for Tribes and the Division of State Systems will provide a detailed framework of best practices in planning for and procuring a new case management system. Facilitators will also connect participants with resources, technical assistance, and peer supports.

Some of the Center for Tribes' newest materials include the following:

  • Gender Diversity Webinar Series: A three-part series that helps tribal child welfare professionals build their knowledge and identify strategies to increase their understanding, acceptance, and support of youth and families who are LGBTQIA2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual, Two-Spirit, or other gender or sexual identity).
  • Recruiting and Supporting Resource Families in Tribal Communities: A list of resources, such as publications, tools, trainings, and more, that tribal child welfare professionals can use in their work with resource families.

The ICWA resource lists below also appear in the Center for Tribes’ Tribal Information Exchange:

In addition to an extensive collection of resources, the Center for Tribes also offers peer networking activities and tailored expert consultation. For more information, explore the Center for Tribes’ website, the Tribal Information Exchange, or email