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Creating Connection, Culture, Community and Resources for Tribal Foster Youth

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Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Guide Mobile App
Android App: Click here to install
iPhone App: Click here to view through browser

Press Release:Tribal and Non-Tribal Social Workers Encouraged to Practice Self-care and Recognize Burnout

"Well-being begins with you. As most Native professionals know, walking in two worlds requires a special kind of self-management regimen to ensure our relatives receive the highest quality services possible." -Joe Walker, Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma, National Resource Center for Tribes.
Click here to read the Press Release

Click here to go to the Recognizing Burnout and Practicing Self-Care Resources Page

Apologies:

Child Welfare League of American (CWLA)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Policy and Legislation:

ICWA Law

Chafee Act

ICWA:

American Indian Enhancement Project
The American Indian Enhancement Project is a collaborative effort to increase awareness regarding ICWA, dedicated to all the American Indian/Alaska Native children and families in California.

California Indian Legal Services (CILS)

ICWA Agents and Programs

ICWA 101 PowerPoint

Who do you contact and how?

Indian Health Clinics

ILS State Coordinators

ILS County Coordinators

Department of Social Services ILP

Publications and Media:

Potlatch Article
This article was originally run in the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of Native Peoples.

http://www.nativepeoples.com

Book List
A reference list of books related to Native American Foster Youth and people that work with Native American Foster Youth.

Film & Video List
A reference list of videos and films related to Native American Foster Youth and people that work with Native American Foster Youth.

Journal Articles (Reference List)
A reference list of articles related to Native American Foster Youth and people that work with Native American Foster Youth.

Maps (PPT)
Maps related to Native Americans

Talking Circle Diagram
Diagram adapted from Engaging Native Elders and CHRs talking Circles in Community Based Education, National Resource Center or Native American Aging, Administration on Aging, Grant Number 90-AM-2380 UND Nursing Center, PowerPoint Presentation

Click for additional useful weblinks

Tribal STAR Products and Services

Tribal STAR offers an array of products and services to support positive cross-cultural collaboration between Tribal and non-Tribal programs, and organizations that provide services to Tribal foster and adoptive youth. A program of the San Diego State University’s School of Social Work, Academy for Professional Excellence, Tribal STAR provides training and technical assistance. Tribal STAR can assist your organization with the following:

Technical Assistance
Tribal STAR is comprised of a strong team of Tribal and non-Tribal professionals that have experience in providing multiple levels of technical assistance. Our technical assistance efforts assist your agency in identifying root challenges and help identify solutions to address them through:

  • Helping your organization better respond to the needs of Tribal youth
  • Helping your community work more collaboratively and achieve positive outcomes
  • Strengthen current and develop new coalitions and collaborations
  • Strengthen community engagement skills

For Tribal Communities

  • Have a better understanding of local resources available to Tribal youth and families
  • Meet individuals who work for programs that serve Tribal youth
  • Learn ways to work with non-Tribal programs to better serve Tribal youth
  • Help non-Tribal workers and programs better understand local history and culture

Bi-monthly E- Newsletter – Tribal STAR Drumbeats
The Tribal STAR E-Newsletter “Drumbeats” is a bi-monthly publication of Community Events, Training Opportunities, Funding Opportunities, Policy, Legislation & Laws, Promising Practices, Research, Resources and informational topics that keep readers informed of current issues affecting services for Tribal youth in the child welfare system. It is also intended to support collaboration and networking among the diverse service providers that strive to increase positive outcomes for Tribal youth.
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Bi-Annual Community Forums in Southern California
(click to be invited to bi-annual forums)

Community Celebration
(click to be invited annually)

County Resources
County Specific resources to assist Native American Foster Youth.
click here>http://theacademy.sdsu.edu/TribalSTAR

Curriculum
The Summit, Gathering, Collaborative and MSW trainings provide participants with access to the Resource CD, Tribal STAR Digital Stories, Posters, Tribal STAR Publications, and a Reflections journal. A specific workbook and Power Point Presentation for the Summit, Gather and Collaborative (respectively) can be downloaded under each training. Additionally trainers can be emailed detailed Training Manuals (click here to request a copy).

Tribal STAR Reconnecting
Connections to resources that can assist Native American Foster Youth in reconnecting with tribal ancestry.
click here>http://theacademy.sdsu.edu/TribalSTAR

Tribal STAR Resource CD
CD-ROM with education resources that support increased cross-cultural understanding (click to receive)
The Tribal STAR Resource CD provides a compendium of articles that were reviewed and utilized in the development of the Summit, Gathering, MSW and Training for Trainer (T4T) curricula. The modules focus on Behavior, Practice and Policy. All Tribal STAR training materials are provided on the Resource CD, including: curriculum, workbooks, the Reflections journal, posters and related power point presentations. It also contains related resources, articles, maps, and information to support further understanding and collaboration among providers of services to Tribal foster youth.

The Tribal STAR Digital Stories
The Tribal STAR Digital Stories is a DVD that contains three personal accounts of being touched by the child welfare system. Paul’s Story: Forever Hurt is an account of a father who’s daughter was affected by both the state and Indian Child welfare systems. Wakeem’s Story: Finding Connection is an account of a challenged Tribal youth who is reconnecting with heritage and tribal relations. Justine’s Story: For Future Generations is shared from the perspective of a Tribal youth, who has been touched by state and Indian Child welfare systems, she gives advice to case managers and other youth on the journey.
(click to receive)

Tribal STAR posters

Tribal STAR Poster (Native American girl)

Tribal STAR Poster (Native American Indian boys)


Tribal STAR Poster (Ancient Proverb)

Tribal STAR Poster (Black Elk)

Tribal STAR Poster (Chief Joseph)

Tribal STAR Poster (Collaboration)

Tribal STAR Poster (Eskimo mom and babe)

Tribal STAR Poster (Four Centuries)

Tribal STAR Poster (Louis Erdrich)

Tribal STAR Poster (Peace pipe)

Tribal STAR Poster (Proverbs)

Tribal STAR Poster (Timeline)

Tribal STAR Poster (Traditional Indian Values)

Tribal STAR Poster (Native American Foster Youth)

Tribal STAR Poster (Two Wolves)

Tribal STAR Poster (Siblings)


Tribal STAR Publications

Bringing Them Back
Bringing Them Back is a summary of points brought up at the 2003 NICWA conference at which participants were asked “How can we assist Tribal youth in returning to their Tribal communities?”

Following The Spirit of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
A guide to understanding the benefits of providing culturally appropriate services to Native American families from non–federally recognized tribes within the juvenile dependency and delinquency systems.

Judges Checklist
The Checklist for Judges provides an overview of current issues facing Tribal youth, and is designed to assist Judges in making culturally responsive determinations in cases involving Tribal youth.

Positive Outcomes Table
Positive outcomes from a Tribal perspective

Practical Suggestions
Practical suggestions for Non-Indian Child Welfare workers and newcomers to Tribal communities.

Reasons Why People Do Not Claim To Be American Indian:
Social Work Practice Tips for Inquiry and Noticing

There are many reasons why individuals do not claim their American Indian heritage. This has implications for ICWA compliance especially in the area of inquiry and noticing.

Recommendations for developing and maintaining Tribal Relationships
Engagement strategies for working with Native American people that work with Native American Foster Youth.

Sharing Our Lived Experiences: Eight Tips for Understanding the Two-Spirit/LGBTQ Journey for Native Youth in the Child Welfare System
This resource is dedicated to Two-Spirit and American Indian/Alaska Native1 LGBTQ children and youth whose lives are impacted by the child welfare system, and to the child welfare professionals, foster and adoptive parents, caregivers, and community members who strive to support them.

Tips for Cross Cultural Training
Tips for Cross Cultural Training when working with Tribal communities provides an overview of the challenges one may face when training Tribal and non-Tribal participants. It provides practical solutions to support effective outcomes for the trainer.

Tips for Protocol
Tips for Protocol was developed to assist service providers of Tribal foster youth in cultivating successful long-term relationships between Tribal and non-Tribal partners. It provides practical recommendations for frontline staff, managers, and supervisors.

Tribal STAR Reflections Journal and Journal Cover Pages
The Tribal STAR Reflections journal is a small booklet designed to help participants remember core Native American values and provides blank pages for notes, reminders, and contact information.

Training Options
Tribal STAR has developed curricula that cover the following areas. A complete list of training modules is downloadable below and also available online at http://theacademy.sdsu.edu/TribalSTAR.

Trainings begin promptly at 8:30am and end at 5pm. The training is best experienced with a maximum of 32 participants. Tribal STAR can modify the training format and length, however a full training is recommended.

1-Day Training for Managers & Supervisors
The Summit provides an overview of Native American culture, history, and distrust of government systems and services.

  • Provides first hand accounts of Tribal youth experience receiving CWS services.
  • Engages in collaborative brainstorming to support SIP and other goals and objectives.
  • Allows organizations to focus on specific challenges and identify solutions.
  • Learn communication skills that support relationship-building with the Native American community
  • Identify ways to engage Tribal members to support achievement of related SIP goals and objectives
  • Increase understanding of the needs of staff who work directly with Tribal youth and families
  • Learn about the range of Tribal resources available and the best approaches for accessing them

The Summit Trainer Manual (_Manual covers) provides in-depth information that supports the trainer in training managers and supervisors of programs that serve Tribal youth. The curriculum provides an overview of the issues facing child welfare and Indian Child Welfare workers and includes recommendations, Tips for Protocol, and other resources designed to enhance cross-cultural relationships at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

The Summit Workbook (workbook covers) for participants is a booklet that is given to trainees, and provides an overview of the issues facing child welfare and Indian Child Welfare workers and includes recommendations, Tips for Protocol, and other resources designed to enhance cross-cultural relationships at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

The Summit Power Point is the interactive multi-media power point that helps trainees follow the workbook and begin to understand key concepts provided in the Summit Curriculum. The power point provides prompting questions at the beginning of each section to stimulate thought and gauge understanding about each module.

2-Day Training for Frontline Staff
The Gathering provides an overview of Native American culture, history, and distrust of government systems and services.
Reviews the unique issues that affect adolescent development of Tribal youth.

  • Engages in collaborative brainstorming
  • Provides first hand accounts of Tribal youth experience receiving CWS services.
  • Provides basic communication techniques that support more trusting relations with Tribal youth and families.
  • Allows organizations to focus on specific challenges and identify solutions.
  • Learn new approaches that strengthen worker-client relations
  • Increase cross-cultural communication skills
  • Learn how to build trusting relationships with clients and families
  • Increase understanding of culture and world view of Native Americans
  • Learn successful techniques for implementing ICWA directives

The Gathering Trainer Manual provides in-depth information that supports the trainer in training front-line staff of programs that serve Tribal youth. The curriculum provides an overview of the issues facing child welfare and Indian Child Welfare workers and includes recommendations, Tips for Protocol, and other resources designed to enhance cross-cultural relationships at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

The Gathering Workbook (_workbook covers) for participants is a booklet that is given to trainees, and provides an overview of the issues facing child welfare and Indian Child Welfare workers and includes recommendations, Tips for Protocol, and other resources designed to enhance cross-cultural relationships at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

The Gathering Power Point is the interactive multi-media power point that helps trainees follow the workbook and begin to understand key concepts provided in the Summit Curriculum. The power point provides prompting questions at the beginning of each section to stimulate thought and gauge understanding about each module.


Training for Trainers T4T
Collaborative Curriculum provides in-depth information for those who may want to train the Tribal STAR Summit or Gathering. It provides a checklist to assist with trainer preparedness and trainer tips to enhance group discussions. The curriculum provides approaches to training sensitive topics and an overview of the issues facing child welfare and Indian Child Welfare workers and includes recommendations, Tips for Protocol, and other resources designed to enhance cross-cultural relationships at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

Collaborative Trainer's Manual is an adapted half-day training curriculum with instructions and an agenda designed to assist trainer's in introducing the material to Tribal and non-Tribal child welfare workers. It covers a brief historical overview and concludes with recommendations that support increased communication and collaboration among providers that strive to achieve positive outcomes for Tribal youth.

The Summit Workbook (workbook covers) is recommended for use with Collaborative and provides an overview of the issues facing child welfare and Indian Child Welfare workers and includes recommendations, Tips for Protocol, and other resources designed to enhance cross-cultural relationships at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. This workbook is intended to be provided directly to trainees.

The Collaborative Power Point is the interactive multi-media power point that helps trainees follow the workbook and begin to understand key concepts provided in the Summit Curriculum. The power point provides prompting questions at the beginning of each section to stimulate thought and gauge understanding about each module.


Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) The revised ICWA training "ICWA: In The Best Interest of the Child: Where The Spirit Leads" is intended to provide today’s social workers with a foundation of knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act. This 8-hour training provides a brief historical context of why and how the act was passed, the purpose and requirements of ICWA with special emphasis on noticing & inquiry, active efforts, concurrent planning, and expert witness. Participants will also review a values comparison of American Indian vs Contemporary Western values, and learn basic engagement strategies for working with American Indian children and families.

Downloads:
ICWA Trainer's Manual

Workbook and Workbook Covers

ICWA Power Point coming soon!


ICWA FAQs

The Other Side Of ICWA (OSOI) Traning
The Other Side Of ICWA (OSOI) Training OSOI training is intended to assist social workers working with American Indian communities and tribes to achieve Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) compliance. Most ICWA training has focused on the and meeting “the letter of the law”, OSOI provides cultural awareness and context to ensure culturally appropriate inquiry and communication that can result in successful outcomes for both American Indian youth and county child welfare service workers. The Other Side of ICWA is intended to address “the spirit of the law” and those concerns missing in traditional training that are essential for successful implementation of ICWA. The training addresses Fairness and Equity principles through an ecosystemic lens, to understand the importance of trust and relationship-building as required elements for effective cultural communications with Native Americans.

OSOI Trainer's Manual, Workbook and the OSOI Power Point can be downloaded at http://calswec.berkeley.edu

MSW Modules
Tribal STAR (Successful Transitions for Adult Readiness) has developed 3 modules designed to fill a standard 1.25 hour course session with a combination of lecture and interchangeable activities designed to increase awareness of American Indian history, values, and culture as they relate to policy, human behavior, and generalist practice. Each module includes a format to accommodate guest speakers from the field, and is also intended to increase MSW students’ awareness of fairness and equity.

Behavioral Moduleand PPT
Understanding the Effects of History upon Culture and Behavior of American Indians is a module intended to expand MSW awareness of cumulative collective trauma and the influence of culture that affects human behavior in this population by providing a menu of lectures, activities intended to fill a standard 1.25 hour session.

Practice Moduleand PPT
Considerations for Culturally Sensitive Social Work Practice with American Indians is a 1.25 hour session that addresses the fact that although American Indians represent a small percentage of the population, there exists a disproportionality of youth and families served by child welfare and ICWA programs. It provides guided instruction that supports the ability to develop stronger practice skills when serving American Indians strengthens the cross-application to other ethnic groups.

Policy Moduleand PPT
The Impact and Limitations of Indian Child Welfare Act module is intended to expand MSW students awareness of the history, impact, and limitations of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This 1.25 hour module is also intended to increase MSW Students’ awareness of fairness and equity in relation to policy driven services to culturally specific populations.

Additional PPTs

The Contributions power point provides a brief overview of some of the contributions of Native American/Alaska Native culture to western mainstream society. This self-guided (not timed) power point is intended to illuminate some of the many contributions that can support positive conversations between Tribal and non-Tribal participants. It also serves as a reminder of the Tribal achievements that many Tribal youth and families may have forgotten, and can reclaim to strengthen a sense of positive identity and dignity.

OH!
Power point by Iris HeavyRunner discussing ICWA, self-determination and resilience

The Resiliency power point is approximately seven minutes focusing on factors that contribute to the resilience of Tribal youth, the intended power points are to be shown without any music or audio narrative to induce the viewer into reflective thought, modeling one of the recommendations presented, that learning can occur in silence.

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