Prevention. Intervention. Respect.
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  • Useful Resources

    Our new resource page contains resources and tools related to:

    • Resilience-based programs in Indian Country
    • Program implementation
    • Using Indigenous Ways of Knowing


    Click here to find out what we have!

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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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  • Environmental Scan

    The Center for Native Child and Family Resilience will soon release the environmental scan. The environmental scan identifies promising programs and practices that are impacting Tribal families and children within Indian Country. It includes:

    • Important community-level research
    • Innovative demonstrations of cultural and practice-based strategies
    • Community-based research initiatives


    Click here to read the scan’s summary and here to download a pdf of the scan.

  • New Resource: Literature Review

    The Center for Native Child and Family Resilience announces the release of its literature review. The literature review captures practices that have been used in Tribal communities to address child maltreatment. It emphasizes practices that:

    • Are Tribally owned and internally developed practices
    • Have undergone a transformative process of cultural adaptation
    • Are evidence-based practices that show promise for cultural adaptation

    Click here to read the review’s summary and here to download a pdf of the review.

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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.