UMD Leads American Indian Child Welfare Act Project

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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UMD's Department of Social Work has received a significant federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a better delivery system for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a federal law that seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families. 

UMD’s Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies, which is part of the Department of Social Work, will serve as the grant's lead organization and will work with six other organizations including courts, child welfare agencies, and tribes, to determine the most successful methods to help children and families. 

Priscilla Day, professor and head of the social work department said, "We are pleased to be able to utilize the ICWA Implementation Partnership Grant to further the work of the UMD center and to strengthen our partnerships with St. Louis County and regional tribes. I appreciate all the hard work done by center staff and our community partners to make this grant possible."

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