Tribes Awarded $1.8M for Child Welfare and TANF Coordination
HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance awarded $1.8 million to eight tribes and tribal organizations in Alaska, Montana, California and Washington to help strengthen vulnerable families through the tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) child welfare coordination grants. The grants fund tribes to demonstrate models of effective coordination between tribal TANF programs and child welfare services for low-income tribal families at risk of child abuse or neglect.
The eight awarded tribal TANF child welfare grantees are:
- Association of Village Council Presidents (Bethel, Alaska)
- Central Council or Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes (Juneau, Alaska)
- Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation (Box Elder, Montana)
- Confederated Salish and Kootenai (Pablo, Montana)
- Cook Inlet Tribal Council (Anchorage, Alaska)
- Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (Rohnert Park, California)
- Karuk Tribe (Happy Camp, California)
- South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (Shelton, Washington)
- The project period for these grants is five years, from September 30, 2015, through September 29, 2020.
- Supported activities include home visiting, parenting and prevention services to improve the well-being of tribal children and their families.
- These grants connect youth and adults with career counseling and other programs to promote job placement and retention.
“The awards contribute to our goal to increase family economic security by supporting our tribal partners to design and implement programs that focus simultaneously on parental employment and child and family well-being.”
“These investments aim to reduce child abuse and neglect, and empower Native American children and families to achieve safer and more economically secure futures.”