Department of Human Services, Native American Affairs & Tribal Services: How We Work Together to Improve Lives - March 12th
Presenter: Stacey Tadgerson, director of the Office of Native American Affairs, Michigan Department of Human Services
In 1978 Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to eliminate the wholesale removal of abused and neglected Indian children from their Tribes and culture. Thirty years later the law is little known and underutilized by Native American families experiencing crisis throughout Indian country. Furthermore, an alarming rate of Foster Care children are not applying to or graduating from post-secondary education systems. Participants will learn about the history of ICWA and the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA), Native American Affairs, as well as other resources available to Native American youth in care; tribal governments, and urban Indian organizations from the department of human services. Participants will obtain a historical overview, resource descriptions and contact information to access relevant Department of Human Services (DHS) programming that will assist tribal youth and families in becoming self-sufficient, competent adults while reaching for their dreams.