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June 2024Vol. 25, No. 5Capacity Building Center for Tribes Releases New Prevention Resources

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes released two new prevention resources: a brief on family-strengthening prevention practices and definitions and a guide highlighting culturally relevant services and supports for child welfare programs.

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes Prevention Brief defines each stage of the prevention services continuum within a tribal context:

  • Primary prevention services cultivate resilience, strengthen families, and educate caregivers through information, activities, and resources available in a community. These include supports for basic needs, cultural activities, family healing circles, and employment support.  
  • Secondary prevention services support families experiencing challenges to reduce the risk of maltreatment. These include mental and behavioral health services, education and skill development, and in-home services.
  • Tertiary prevention services are available in homes where maltreatment has occurred. These include kinship support, housing assistance, and legal support.

The brief goes on to detail prevention services available through tribal programming, including therapeutic cultural traditions and practices. It also outlines an example of tribal prevention services: the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Family Healing Camp, a culturally centered community event that offers wellness activities, healing circles, support groups, and more.

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes Path to Prevention guide compiles training and technical assistance resources available to support tribal child welfare programs in developing and implementing prevention programs and practices. This includes resources available on the Center for Tribes' website as well as supports available for tribes with title IV-B and title IV-E funding.