Indian Child Welfare Program

Help Our Indian Children Be Healthy

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On Thursdays during October 2021, the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Child Welfare Program will provide in-service training for tribal staff, state and local officials, social services employees, commission employees, court employees who work with American Indian children impacted with Indian Child welfare issues, foster care and adoptions.

Join the WebEx 
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Thursdays in October

Meeting number:
2420 912 6808
Password: gBfhMhrC948

October 7 - Historical Perspective
Gain an understanding of how historical treatment of American Indians may still be impacting current outlooks on acceptance of medical treatment and social services. Find out how your interactions with American Indian clients can make the difference in whether the child gets medical care.

October 14 - Real Life Experiences
Hear from American Indians actively involved in foster care and social service share how they’ve used their cultural knowledge and experience to impact hundreds of children’s lives and learn what suggestions they have for other providers.

October 21 - Importance of Accurate Data
Learn how data makes all the difference in current services and resources for today's American Indian children, as well as long term impacts as they age. Hear personal experiences of what happens as children age out of foster care.

October 14 - Resources Available Today
Find out which resources and programs are available to help American Indian children in your community - from social services, to insurance and more - and how you can make a difference. 


About Indian Child Welfare in North Carolina
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 was passed in response to previous federal assimilation policies to ensure the unity of American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) families. ICWA regulations must be followed when working with any child enrolled or eligible for enrollment in a federally-recognized tribe. Such work means: Indian children are placed with Indian families; tribes are given jurisdiction over adoptions and foster care cases, and there are active efforts when working with AI/AN families. (Learn more at National Indian Child Welfare Association.)

Although state-recognized tribes are not covered by ICWA, historically they have encountered similar issues when working with state agencies in child welfare cases.  Legislation (NCGS§143B-139.5A) was enacted to facilitate better outcomes for North Carolina’s Native children, and has led to improved collaboration with the NCDHHS Division of Social Services and county departments of Social Services (DSS), including changes in state policy and training for DSS social workers. North Carolina policy requires that county DSS workers notify:
1) tribal authorities when taking custody of a tribal child or earlier with parental permission, and
2) adult relatives of tribal children being placed in foster care for possible placement preferences. 


Mission of the Standing Committee on NC Indian Child Welfare 
The Standing Committee will advocate for the rights of Indian families, Indian tribes, and Indian children with regard to suitable and culturally relevant foster care and adoption placement consistent with principles set forth for federally recognized Indian tribes in the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. It will carry out that mission by serving as a liaison between the North Carolina Division of Social Services of the State Department of Health and Human Services, local county offices of Social Services, tribal governments of the seven state-recognized tribes and governing bodies of the four state-recognized urban Indian organizations in North Carolina. It will gather and disseminate information among all levels of government and will be a resource on issues of Indian child welfare.

Contacts for Tribal Verification Contact Contact Information
Coharie Tribe JaNella Williams,
Tribal Enrollment Officer
Phone: 919.564-6909 ext. 1
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Barbara Jones,
Director of Family Services
Phone: 828-497-6092
Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe Tosha Silver,
Enrollment Clerk
Phone: 252-586-4017 ext. 240
Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Reena Locklear,
Enrollment Director
Phone: 910-522-5474
Meherrin Indian Tribe Jonathan Caudill,
Phone: 252-904-1517
Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation Tony Hayes,
Tribal Chair
Phone: 919-304-3723
Sappony Dorothy Yates,
Tribal Chair
Waccamaw Siouan Leslie Jones,
Tribal Enrollment Specialist

Phone: 910-655-8778