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Developing and Implementing a Tribal In-Home Services System of Care Model

April 4, 2013


Title: Developing and Implementing a Tribal In-Home Services System of Care Model

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

The vast majority of tribes have populations of fewer than 2,000 people and child welfare programs in which staff are not specialized but provide every aspect of child welfare services. In-home services are not usually a separate service but rather a philosophy or part of a community-based culturally-specific practice which is likely to provide services to at-risk families as well as to those with substantiated maltreatment. In contrast to states which provide a “differential response” as a formalized service approach, tribes routinely deliver such services without formally identifying or compartmentalizing the service.

The National Resource Center for In-Home Services, with its partner the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), helps tribes build capacity to help families heal while their children remain safely at home. For the past several years, in collaboration with the Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center (WPIC), we have provided training and technical assistance to Alaska Native communities to assist with the development of in-home services models that fit the unique circumstances of their communities and make best use of all of the community’s resources to keep children safe and well at home.

The webinar will describe the use of a Tribal In-Home Service Practice Model Planning Template to:

• Develop a tribal safety and in-home services practice model,

• Describe key implementation issues such as enhancing tribal child welfare and

state child welfare collaborations, and

• Provide training and technical assistance to tribes to enhance systems

collaboration and service delivery.

Examples of Tribal In-Home Services model development and implementation will be provided by tribal child welfare systems of Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and the Nome Eskimo Community.



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