QuaranTICA COVID and Child Welfare Panel


Kate Fort, ILPC; Annette Nickel, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Jade White, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Tamera Begay, Puyallup Tribe of Indians.


I’m awfully biased, but I thought it was a great panel, and a much needed good talk with some really amazing women today.

Tribal Planning Grants for Direct Title IV-E [Foster Care Funding] Posted


Deadline is July 15. These are grants for tribes interested in changing their codes and manuals to access direct federal funding (up to 83%) for the administration and training of their social service agencies, and maintenance payments to foster families.

If you are an in-house attorney who would like to know more about this, please let me know.

Draft Guidance on the Native American Children’s Safety Act

Here is the Dear Tribal Leader letter, the guidance, and the request for comments on it:  Draft Guidance for NACSA

This bill and guidance puts certain requirements on tribes, tribal courts, and tribal social service agencies regarding foster care placements and background checks. There have been concerns about the feasibility of the requirements, primarily related to tribal access to individual state databases for the required checks. Here are the important listening session and comment dates (I have to assume that’s March 16, 2018, not 2017 for the written comment deadline):

ACF Program Specialist in Child Welfare Job Opening


As a Child and Family Program Specialist within the Children’s Bureau (CB), Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), you will assist states and tribes develop and improve child welfare systems. We provide guidance and technical assistance to the states and tribes on federal law, policy, and program regulations. Our program focuses on child safety, permanency, and well-being which are paramount in our monitoring and technical assistance efforts. Program specialists participate in planning, developing and carrying out a results-focused monitoring process to improve the effectiveness of state Child and Family Service programs.

Job Posting for Senior Advisor for Tribal Child Welfare for HHS/Adminstration for Children and Families


Job Title:Senior Advisor, GS-0301-14
Department:Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:Administration for Children and Families
Job Announcement Number:HHS-ACF-DE-15-1245975

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·         Lead policy advice and policy direction to, and on behalf of, the Associate Commissioner in relation to tribal child welfare.
·         Provide the highest level of strategic policy advice to the Associate Commissioner on tribal child welfare.
·         Work with Deputy Associate Commissioner, Directors, Regional Program Mangers and across the Children’s Bureau to co-ordinate the implementation of the Associate Commissioner’s tribal child welfare priorities tribal child welfare legislation and programming.
·         Develop and maintain effective partnerships with a wide range of specialist stakeholders from the philanthropy, public and private sectors to ensure a fully inclusive approach to the development and implementation of the Associate Commissioner’s tribal child welfare strategies and policies.
·         Provide advice, guidance and assistance to ensure the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and systems needed to plan, develop, monitor and support work with tribes.
·         Review a variety of policy, programs and administrative actions, reports, and projects such as new and revised regulations, funding recommendation, program guidelines etc.
·         Develop methodology for and conduct special studies, independent analyses and sensitive assignments on matters related to tribal care welfare programs.
·         Recommend program improvement initiatives and regulatory and legislative strategies to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.