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Culturally Based Practice

The infusion of culture into tribal child welfare programs is intricate and multifacited. Importantly, it involves much more than common child welfare cultural compentency recommendationshave typically called for, such as accepting that some families may wish to incorporate traditional practices in their service plans or being comfortable with and seeing value referring children or families to cultural activities such as powwows or tribal-specific gatherings. Instead, culture in tribal child welfare programs creates a common bond amoung families, children, workers, and communities and lies at the heart of programs' and workers' commitments to serve. As such, the majority of tribal child welfare programs operate from a foundation of cultural and tribal values (of which non-Natives are typically unfamiliar) that are reflected in the overall program philosophy and that shape the attitudes and approaches that workers take in delivering services.

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