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American Indian Enhancement Toolkit

The American Indian Enhancement Project is an effort of the
California Disproportionality Project, a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) resourced through the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the California Department of Social Services, Casey Family Programs, and the Stuart Foundation. In collaboration with Administrative Office of the Courts, California Social Work Education Center, Child and Family Policy Institute of California, California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership, the National Resource Center for Tribes, Tribal STAR, and Shenandoah Films.

Dedicated to all the American Indian/Alaska Native children and families in California.


Collaboration Matrix

This document shows the relationship between collaboration, coordination and cooperation.


FACES – Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act

Follow the Spirit of ICWA: The American Indian Enhancement Project is an effort of the California Disproportionality Project, a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) resourced through the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the California Department of Social Services, Casey Family Programs, and the Stuart Foundation. In collaboration with Administrative Office of the Courts, California Social Work Education Center, Child and Family Policy Institute of California, California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership, the National Resource Center for Tribes, Tribal STAR, and Shenandoah Films.



Indian Values

This document compares traditional Indian values and all-American values.


Kumeyaay Timeline

This document provides a detailed timeline of the Kumeyaay people from pre to post-contact with European settlers.




Sharing Our Lived Experiences Understanding the Two-Spirit Journey

Sharing Our Lived Experiences: Eight Tips for Understanding the Two-Spirit/LGBTQ Journey for Native Youth in the Child Welfare System fact sheet is intended to assist and support Native youth who may be Two-Spirit and/or LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/questioning). Native youth in child welfare placements can experience many challenges. These include feelings of abandonment, guilt, shame, disconnection from extended family, and many feelings related to unresolved grief and loss due to multi-generational historical traumas.


Tips for Cross-Cultural Training

The aim of this tip sheet is to effectively increase understanding of the complex issues surrounding Child Welfare Services for Tribal youth by illuminating historical events and how they have shaped today’s Tribal and non-Tribal relationships. See both long and short versions.



Tribal STAR Judge’s Checklist

This checklist has been developed to help judges determine the best circumstances surrounding placement of a child in a non-Indian home. The intention of this list is to provide guidelines that can strengthen the potential for a successful outcome.



Tribal STAR Book List

Tribal STAR’s reference list of books related to Native American Foster Youth and people that work with Native American Foster Youth.


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