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Indian Child Welfare

 

About Us

 

The State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS), Office of Children's Services (OCS) strongly supports the Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) and continues to build federal ICWA mandates into all levels of OCS Child Welfare. We continue to develop positive collaborative and communicative partnerships with all Native organizations and Alaska Native Tribal organizations.

 

Upcoming Events

  • ICWA II Training (formerly known as Advanced ICWA)
    June 12-13, 2017 in Anchorage, AK
  • ICWA II Training (formerly known as Advanced ICWA)
    June 21-22, 2017 in Juneau, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    June 27-28, 2017 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    June 27-28, 2017 in Kenai, AK
  • Teleconference to learn more about Chafee & the Independent Living Program
    August 3, 2017. 9-10 am (For information please call 907-465-8659)
  • ICWA II Training (formerly known as Advanced ICWA)
    August 8-9, 2017 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    August 10-11, 2017 in Oscarville, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are Facilitator Training
    August 15-17, 2017 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    August 18-19, 2017 in Newtok, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    September 18-19, 2017 in Kipnuk, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    October 19-20, 2017 in Eek, AK
  • Alaska Native Federation of Natives Convention
    October 19-21, 2017 in Anchorage, AK
  • Teleconference to learn more about Chafee & the Independent Living Program
    November 2, 2017. 9-10 am (For information please call 907-465-8659)
  • DHSS Tribal Consultation & Listening Session
    November 7-8, 2017 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    November 7-8, 2017 in Juneau, AK
  • ICWA II Training (formerly known as Advanced ICWA)
    December 12-13, 2017 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    February 5-6, 2018 in Kwethluk, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    February 12-13, 2018 in Nunapitchuk, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    February 19-20, 2018 in Toksook Bay, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    February 23-24, 2018 in Quinhagak, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    March 1-2, 2018 in Bethel, AK
  • 36th Annual Protecting Our Children NICWA Conference
    April 15-18, 2018 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are AK Workshop
    September 28-29, 2018 in Kasigluk, AK


Tribal Relative and Family Friend Information Forms

These forms can be used by Tribes to provide a list of relatives to OCS and indicate if any extended family members or family friends living in Alaska have requested immediate placement of a child in State custody.  Links to forms for each region are listed below:

 
Websites that you can look through for current news and information on Indian Child Welfare, Institutional Racism, and Alaska Native issues.  

Quick Facts for Alaska

  • American Indian or Alaska Native is identified as one of the categories of race by the Federal government.

  • There are 229 federally recognized Tribes in Alaska, out of the “Alaska Native” demographic. There are many more Tribes but not federally recognized.

  • There are 10 different ethnicities of Alaska Native people identified.(Athabascan, Yup'ik, Cup’ik, Inupiaq, Unangax/Aleut, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian)

  • There are many different cultures within each Alaska Native ethnicity.

  • There is only one Tribe with Federally recognized reservation status in Alaska (Metlakatla).

  • There are only two Tribes with exclusive jurisdiction in Alaska (Barrow and Chevak).

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