Indian Child Welfare Act Shared Learning Collaborative Update
Last summer, the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare organized the first Indian Child Welfare Shared Learning Collaborative in which participants from Tribes, nonprofit organizations, and local and state government came to together in an effort to better serve American Indian and Alaskan Native children and families.
In response to the feedback provided by participants, the Division of Child Welfare will implement or explore the following strategies to improve the state’s compliance with ICWA.
- Improved communications and relationship building
- ICWA and cultural/humility training
- Standardized documentation
- Collaboration on family engagement meetings, and recruitment, training and retention of American Indian and Alaska Native foster families
- Promote current culturally appropriate resources and explore the development of additional services
- Collaboration to improve child welfare practice for cases in which ICWA applies.
CDHS is committed to strengthening government-to-government relationships with Tribal Nations and is excited about working with county, community and government partners to improve ICWA throughout Colorado to better serve American Indian and Alaska Native children and families.