Are there resources to support tribal communities?
There are several national organizations that are working to support state child welfare and tribal child welfare agencies during the pandemic:
- The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to eliminate child abuse and neglect by strengthening families, tribes and the laws that protect them. NICWA has created a library of COVID-19 related resources, including a series of webinars on COVID-19 and Indian Child Welfare; Tribal National COVID-19 Human Service Funding and Indian Child Welfare; and Practice Impacts and Responses to COVID-19.
- The Indian Health Service, the federal health programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives, also has a series of COVID-19 resources, including Frequently Asked Questions on the Federal Response in Indian Country and a Guide on Funding Distribution to Tribal Communities.
It's also important to acknowledge how tribal communities are innovating to provide crucial services. The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, for instance, has built a number of partnerships to provide services like mental health, medical care, and child/youth services.