Across the country, important conversations regarding systems change are taking place. There are many approaches and many different names for these child welfare system-change conversations. At NICWA, we call this systems-change work redesigning child welfare. As these conversations gain momentum around the country, NICWA is working to ensure that tribal concerns, which do not always fit neatly into any of the current approaches, are part of the conversation.
Over the past year, NICWA provided a forum for tribes and Indian Country advocates through national and regional listening sessions focused on redesigning child welfare services in the United States. These sessions inform our work regarding what policies, tools, and resources are needed, and they steer our advocacy to ensure that broader, national child welfare redesign efforts are inclusive of American Indian and Alaska Native perspectives and solutions.