Tribal Information Exchange

Tribal Information Exchange
Posted 10/12/2020

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes provides an extensive array of products to support child welfare professionals on The Capacity Building Center Tribal Information Exchange. Tools and resources provided on the website are designed to help child welfare professionals prepare for and understand the needs of those in tribal communities. Learning platforms include e-learning, mobile apps and guidance worksheets on topics including, "Working with Families", "How to Prepare for a Family Assessment", "Selecting an Assessment Tool", and "Considerations in Conducting Family Assessments". Other resources offered in the Child Welfare Practice resource center include a comprehensive resource guide, "Engaging and Supporting Native Fathers", as well as a resource list for grandparents. A customary adoption tool is, also available for use by child welfare professionals. Tools honoring Two-Spirt and the Native LGBTQ community are available for guidance, including a webinar "Walking in Two Worlds: Understanding the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ Youth" addressing the historical roles and identities of Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ people, including how historical/intergenerational trauma has impacted this community and efforts to restore balance, beauty and acceptance. Other resources and webinars are available to support child welfare professionals engaging Two-Spirt/Native LGBTQ communities, including youth communities. Learning resources focused on "Understanding Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Specific Services" are available on the Tribal Information Exchange to support child welfare professionals engaging Native communities. The Tribal Information Exchange supports TIC by providing an e-learning module to increase understanding of the impact of trauma, protective factors, trauma-informed and trauma-specific services and communities of care. Many resources are available in the Tribal Information Exchange Library, including tip sheets for keeping tribal child welfare data safe while working remotely, using GIS to strengthen practice and inform policy in tribal child welfare agencies, building an effective tribal-state child welfare partnership and many other valuable and instructional tools. The Tools from Tribes resource section offers case plans, sharing agreements, court document examples, intake and assessment form templates, job position descriptions, research guidance, policies and procedures templates, risk and safety guidelines, helpful tips and templates to support recruitment of foster families, as well as foster care licensing agreement outlines, standards, applications, and checklist samples. The Tribal Information Exchange offers peer groups including "Building Capacities in Tribal Child Welfare Prevention Programs", "What's Next? Phased Recovery and Reconnection Following a Disaster", and "Trauma and Resiliency in Tribal Child Welfare".  Announcements supporting work and policy changes in Indian country are also available on the Tribal Information Exchange. The Tribal Information Exchange is a uniquely comprehensive resource for child welfare professionals serving Native communities.