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December/January 2023Vol. 23, No. 10Reclaiming the Child Welfare Narrative Podcast Series

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes released a podcast series that addresses the importance of ensuring child welfare programs for tribal communities are informed by their community values, culture, and worldviews. The podcast series features Jackie Crow Show, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, as she connects with child welfare experts across Indian Country.

Season 1 of the series features the following episodes:

  • Episode 1: “Looking Back to Understand Where We Are Now”—Delves into the history of child welfare in tribal communities and how the removal of Native children was a means of colonization and forced assimilation
  • Episode 2: “The Interconnectedness of Language and Culture”—Explores how traditional languages can help create solutions rooted in Indigenous perspectives and wisdom
  • Episode 3: “Restoring Our Children to Their Original Value of Sacred Beings”—Discuses insights from a respected elder about shifting the mindset of the child welfare field as well as the whole community to see the care and development of children as a sacred and shared responsibility
  • Episode 4: “Making Communities Whole Through Restorative Justice”—Features the Yurok Tribe and how it established a justice system reflective of its culture as well as the importance of changing the child welfare profession and courts to serve as part of the community’s extended family
  • Episode 5: “Are Child Welfare Decisions Better Using Peacemaking Circles?”—Discusses how restoring sustainable peacemaking practices, such as peacemaking circles, can help resolve conflicts and improve outcomes for children in a healthy way

To learn more, listen to the podcast series, Reclaiming the Child Welfare Narrative Podcast Series.