Congratulations to Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe! They were the first Native tribe to receive Title IV-E status. They now have the right to manage their tribe’s adoption, foster care and guardianship programs!
Please sign our petition asking Obama to extend the same privileges to the Lakota tribes of South Dakota: lakotalaw.org/action . We need 5,000 more signatures this week to continue putting pressure on Washington DC.
“Managing our own Child Welfare Program allows us to be proactively involved in making sure our families get the help they need and children are not removed from their culture and community. Whenever possible, the goal is to preserve family relationships even if a child doesn’t live with his or her parents.” - Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Chairman Jeromy Sullivan.
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe also became the first Tribe to qualify for an IV-E waiver. This “allows the program to be more flexible with the definition of ‘family’ and more easily allocate funds toward intervention activities.”
Read the article here: http://www.kingstoncommunitynews.com/news/288622501.html
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