Background & Accomplishments

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This historical background chronicles the actions taken by several California counties to develop culturally appropriate programs, policies, and collaborative partnerships to assist Native American families and children. It begins with the inception of the Breakthrough Series Collaborative in 2008.


Leadership support was provided by the project stakeholders: Administrative Office of the Courts, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the California Department of Social Services, the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), Casey Family Programs, Casey Family Programs San Diego Field Office, the Child and Family Policy Institute of California, Stuart Foundation, and Tribal STAR. The project began the development of a toolkit to assist counties in California to reduce Native American/Alaska Native disproportionality and achieve ICWA compliance.

Participating Counties:

  • Orange County:  Gary Taylor, Children and Family Services Director
    Orange County is focusing on strengthening relationships with Native American/Alaska Native youth service providers in an urban setting.
  • Riverside County:  Sylvia DePorto, Assistant Director, Public Social Services
    Riverside County is developing a Transfer of Learning model to increase culturally appropriate inquiry to meet ICWA requirements, with the assistance of collaborative training with Tribal STAR.
  • San Bernardino County:  Marlene Hagan, CFS Deputy Director
    San Bernardino County is strengthening relationships with local Tribes and ICWA-designated agents, with the assistance of collaborative training with Tribal STAR.