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Resources for Families (Parents and Children)
Financial Assistance for Families
Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (ACF)
Tribal TANF gives federally recognized Indian tribes flexibility in the design of welfare programs that promote work and responsibility and strengthen families. Similar to states, they receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the four purposes of the TANF program: provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives; end the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage; prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Tribal TANF (benefits.gov)
The Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, formerly Aid to Families with Dependent Children, program provides a variety of benefits and services to Federally-recognized tribes, American Indian, and Alaska Native families. Benefits may include childcare assistance, job preparation, and work assistance.
Resources for Education of Children
Resources for Parents and Families (BIE)
Resources for education available for parents and families from the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).
Resources for Students (BIE)
Resources for education available for students from the Bureau of Indian Education.
Resources for Education (BIE)
The BIE implements federal Indian education programs for roughly 46,000 students at 183 schools across the United States. Quality instruction and safe facilities empowers the next generation of Native American leadership and remains an important and top priority for Indian Affairs. To strengthen instruction delivery and facilities improvement, Indian Affairs has taken several crucial steps to empower the BIE.
White House Initiative American Indian and Alaska Native Education (ED)
The Initiative, located within the Department of Education, seeks to support activities that will strengthen the Nation by expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. It is committed to furthering tribal self-determination and ensuring AI/AN students, at all levels of education, have an opportunity to learn their Native languages and histories, receive complete and competitive educations, preparing them for college, careers, and productive and satisfying lives.
Office of Indian Education Grants (ED)
Office of Elementary & Secondary Education (OESE) provides several grants to provide financial and technical assistance for supporting LEAs, Indian tribes and organizations, post- secondary institutions and other entities in meeting the special educational and cultural related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Indian Child Welfare Act (BIA)
The purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is "...to protect the best interest of Indian Children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children and placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture... "(25 U.S. C. 1902). ICWA provides guidance to States regarding the handling of child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children and sets minimum standards for the handling of these cases.
Indian Child Welfare Act (Child Welfare Information Gateway)
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 is Federal law that governs the removal and out-of-home placement of American Indian children. The law was enacted after recognition by the Federal Government that American Indian children were being removed from their homes and communities at a much higher rate than non-Native children. ICWA established standards for the placement of Indian children in foster and adoptive homes and enabled Tribes and families to be involved in child welfare cases.
Tribal TANF – Child Welfare Coordination Grants (ACF)
Since 2006, The Administration for Children and Families/Office of Family Assistance has funded three rounds of discretionary demonstration grants to improve coordination of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and child welfare services provided to tribal families at risk of child abuse or neglect. Learn more about TTCW grants.
Services for Families
Tribal Home Visiting (ACF)
The Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program provides grants to tribal organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate home visiting programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
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