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Toolkit Designed to Improve Services to Native American Families

The American Indian Enhancement Project has developed a comprehensive set of resources for serving California’s Native American families and children: the Implementation Toolkit for the American Indian Enhancement (AIE) Project, part of a series of Implementation Toolkits now available on CalSWEC’s website.

The Implementation Toolkit for the AIE Project is designed for child welfare administrators seeking to improve identification and placement of American Indian and Native Alaska children, with an ultimate goal of reducing disproportionality and disparities experienced by indigenous peoples involved in the child welfare system.

The toolkit is a step-by-step guide for developing collaborations with Tribes and Tribal service providers that are essential to the success of implementing ICWA (the Indian Child Welfare Act) as it was intended. It includes logic models, talking points for leadership and trainers, discussion and focus group guides, planning documents, a thorough agency readiness assessment, and a set of curricula covering common core, specialized, and advanced training. Digital stories and videos are also featured to engage and train a variety of audiences.

The toolkit continues the work initiated by the California Disproportionality Project, and represents the efforts of many contributors, including Tribal representatives, TribalSTAR, individual counties, Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, the California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership, the Child and Family Policy Institute of California, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the California Department of Social Services, and CalSWEC.

For more information about the Implementation Toolkit for the American Indian Enhancement (AIE) Project, please contact Training and Curriculum Specialist Phyllis Jeroslow.