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  • Zuya Yuha O’mani Project Shares Video of Song

    OLCJC Case Manager and Cultural Provider Larry Swalley sings a traditional song to honor the Culture Bearers who have shared their knowledge, traditions, songs, and ceremonial processes over the years. As their wisdom is still being provided to children and families, these Culture Bearers continue to serve the community. The song is gifted to the Children's Bureau and CNCFR team in celebration of the partnership’s accomplishments.

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  • New Resource: The Cultural Guide for the Development of Tribal Child Welfare Products

    This resource provides organizations, teams, and individuals developing Tribal child welfare products with guidance about how to develop those products in ways that reflect and embrace Tribal culture and values. This guide helps product and tool developers to retrieve and incorporate cultural knowledge while ensuring that products developed collaboratively with these communities include the acknowledgement and recognition of their contributions to the fields of child welfare, education, social services, research, and evaluation. Access here

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  • Fact Sheet for Tribal Child Welfare Officials

    Tribal involvement and partnership in the process are critical to a full understanding of the experiences of people affected by the child welfare system. The Children’s Bureau is disseminating the Fact Sheet for Tribal Child Welfare Officials to spread the word and share information to invite Tribal involvement and partnership in the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs). The fact sheet describes the CFSRs and how Tribal child welfare officials can get involved.

    • The Fact Sheet for Tribal Child Welfare Officials can be accessed here
    • More information about the CFSRs is available on the CFSR Information Portal.
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  • Who are we?

    Sponsored by the Children’s Bureau, the Center is a partnership between JBS International, Inc., the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, and Mathematica Policy Research.

    Read more here.


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  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing

    The Center for Native Child and Family Resilience’s Indigenous Ways of Knowing resource provides guidance for researchers working in Indigenous communities, providing them with a framework for engaging effectively, respectfully, and reciprocally with Indigenous communities. The resource includes discussions of considerations for researchers, videos from experts in the field, and links to additional resources.

    Click here to get started!

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  • Useful Resources

    Our resource page contains information and tools related to resilience-based programs in Indian Country, program implementation, and evaluation, including:

    • A literature review of practices used in Tribal communities
    • An environmental scan that identifies promising programs and practices that support and sustain Tribal families and children


    Click here to find out what we have!

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Tribal Communities and Family Resilience Today

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Many prevention models in Indian Country build resilience by using Tribal cultural values, the transmission of family traditions, and the experiences of Tribal youth. Guided by these values, traditions, and experiences, Tribal community initiatives have shown great promise in developing resilience-based models for child abuse prevention. The experiences of Tribal communities suggest that these approaches are often effective in enhancing family resilience and reducing the risks of harm to children and adults—yet rarely have these strategies used collaborative community-based evaluation to demonstrate their effectiveness.

The Center for Native Child and Family Resilience (the Center) supports and enhances resilience-related approaches to Tribal child welfare by developing evidence-based standards of care. The Center embraces the unique opportunity to honor these valiant community efforts that improve Native family resilience and to help empower Tribal communities of care by using culturally engaged, community based evaluation models to demonstrate the effectiveness of these efforts and disseminate Native solutions to the field.