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Child Safety and Risk Assessments in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities - Research to Practice Brief

Published: June 13, 2016
Abuse, Neglect, Adoption & Foster Care, Child Care, Early Head Start, Youth Services, Head Start, Home Visiting
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Child welfare practitioners need effective tools to gauge children’s immediate safety and risk of future maltreatment.

This brief is a resource for human service professionals on child safety and risk assessments in AI/AN communities. The brief provides background on safety and risk assessments in child welfare practice with a review of the relevant literature. It also explores the importance of cultural appropriateness in assessments, and provides examples of tribes’ adaptations of assessments to fit their communities.

Last Reviewed: April 29, 2019