On March 18, CNAY attended a convening of the Child Welfare and Mental Health Coalition, a group of national and regional child advocacy partners that includes the Child Welfare League of America and Children’s Defense Fund. The briefing addressed unique challenges and barriers facing American Indian and Alaska Native children and families and Indian Child welfare agencies, as well as pending steps to address those issues.
Presenters included Floyd Wyasket, Social Services Director for the Ute Indian Tribe in Utah; Francine Eddy Jones, Director of Tribal Family and Youth Services for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska; Thomas Cody, Director of Indian Child Welfare Programs for Casey Family Programs, and Jack Trope, Senior Director of Indian Child Welfare Programs for Casey Family Programs.
The meeting included a brief overview of ICWA, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ updated ICWA guidelines and proposed regulations, the latest on pending ICWA litigation, and information about other related developments. Presenters Floyd Wyasket and Francine Eddy Jones shared their perspectives as practitioners and coordinators using Title IV-E funding and other sources of support to deliver culturally-competent services that support and strengthen young people and families in tribal communities.
The meeting was sponsored by Casey Family Programs and hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC.