American Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee

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Welcome toLICWAC! We learn together!
Keys to oursuccesses are found together!

We hope youfindour new website about the
LICWAC worthwhile!

We must all take pride in our overall successes each day!

Our
LICWAC team membersare alwaysfocused on providingwell balancedservice and support to all American Indian (Native) childrenwho are involved with foster care, relative care, group care, private agencies or any institutional care.

*Our American Indianand/or Native childrencan live with pridewhile in State foster or relative carewhen theylearn more about theirnative tribal ancestry and heritage. WithLICWAC’sguidance andempathetic familybased advise those Native children learn to grow uphappy with the new knowledge of their respectivecultural and/or tribal identity.

Our LICWAC Team
will do everything possible to meet or exceed the expectations of all people involved in the lives of ourAmericanIndian and/orNative children, andtheir families. Wewill strive toprovide ongoingguidanceto thoseNative families in need of help at a time of crisis and need for family.We are especially happy to help with a group of people involved andcaringto volunteertime withour LICWAC Team.

The efforts ofthe
LICWAC TEAM membersare alwaysdedicated to improved relations with allsocial service programs bothtribal and non-tribal, State Courts, andAll Tribal Courts who areacknowledged by theFederal and State Courts. We have an obligationto helpour tribal and/or Native Children to be placed into a permanent home.

Mission Statement of LICWAC
:

LICWAC
hasmembers with thevision and culturalexpertise to help American Indian and/or other Native children infoster care,group care,relative careplacement and/or institutional care. Our main goal is provide those children a newbeginning withtheir growth bylearning aboutand retaining theircultural identity.

*The childrenwill beempowered tosharetheirnew found cultural and tribal identities with theirnew or natural families abouttheirown cultural understandings and desire to continue their cultural ways.

*We at LICWAC believe that the Native children we help are always wanting andwillingto learn about their tribal and/or cultural ways to enhance their lives and enrich the families thatthey are placed with permanently.

Goals for LICWAC
: The primary goals of the LICWAC Team is to help American Indian, Hawaiian Native children, Canadian First Nations andAlaskan Nativechildren to be able to learn about their places in
the world with thegood news of where they come from and where their going with their cultural (Native) identities intact.

*As always with the goodcase planning, they’ll be reunited with their parents, with directrelatives or anotherculturally relevantpermanent placement. Theguidance byLICWAC willalways involve State Social Service agencies and/or privateagencies. All of the Native American children’s cases are always in the process ofbeing given fullcase staffings with LICWAC volunteers each month of the year.

Another goal
is to help facilitate cultural teachings to theNative foster children about their tribal ancestry and how it fits into being any American Indian, Canadian First Nations, Hawaiian Nativeor Alaskan Native childin todays world.

*LICWAC hasa good knowledge base to help our Native children to begin new lives thatcan spring board them into a job, and acareerwhile contributiing toourAmerican society and theirTribe’s culturaland economic future’s strengths.

‘Bridging Cultures by Caring’
, can be one of the most rewarding human activities that can be accomplished.All ofourLICWAC members veryproud citizens for helping ourAmerican Indians, Hawaiian Natives, Canadian First Nationsor Alaskan Natives children whom are temporarily away from their tribal or native cultural families.

*The LICWAC meetings help create more awareness of the American Indian childrens, Canadian First Nations,NativeHawaiian or Alaskan Native children’sconstantPlight infoster care with little hope.

We should neverforgetany of our childrenin foster care or any other institution whom have the right and deserve a better life.

All of ourNativechildren in temporary foster carewant to learn about their cultural and/or tribal heritage
.

Worthwhile
LICWACActivities;

*Providing basic honest and respectful cultural assessments of American Indian and/or other Nativechildren’s personal tribal backgrounds, tribal ancestry trees ofpersonal family lineages that aredesigned to facilitate the children’s increased knowledge of their American IndianIdentities.

*Providing the people in charge of American Indian and/or Native children’s lives, the proper cultural tools andadvisefor better and improvedunderstanding of the manytribes or native experiences, while they learn to provide culturally sensativepositive caseguidance in case plans for establishing a long term or a permanent Native Americanhomes and/or other non-native approved homes for permanency.

*Recruiting American Indian and/or Native people over the age of 18 for membership to the LICWAC Team, whom candisplay unique ideas and culturally competent assessments designed to help American Indian and other Native children to become strong citizens of their respective tribes, clans and/or nations and to contribute to our society as a whole.
Theirgood happy future inLife,Is one of Our Greatest Challenges.

*Assisting American Indian and/or other Native children to connect with their tribal programs, tribal health andeducation programs, cultural restoration efforts,language immersion programs,tribal revitalization efforts, andNative spiritual guidance aredesigned to enrich the lives ofour manyAmerican Indian and/or other Native children within the 50 States and U.S. Territories.

*Meetings or what’s known as
Case Staffings take place on a
regular basis monthly, taking place on every third thursday toallowthe culturally competent assessments and recommendations to thesocial workersto give themcase guidance with the general knowledge and cultural expertise ofeach LICWACTeam members.

*We will maintain a
positive approach to the role of providing our advise for those people in charge of the lives of our American Indian and/or other Native childrenswhile they remain in the State care and/or private agencies or other State operated institutions.

*Being a ‘Strong Cultural Advocate’ for those disadvantaged American Indian, Canadian First Nations and/or Alaskan Native children in State care, group careor other institutions gives those American Indian or Native children the feeling that someone cares for them at all times
.

*Being a positive partner with all tribal and/or Native jurisdictions, tribal courts, tribal social service programs, tribal law enforcement agencies whom help with the processesof being a strong legal and social advocate for those American Indian or Native children. We’ll be sure to help (AllState Social Workers) and/orimprove case plans designed bychild placing agencies to develope their service plans for permanency byreuniting those Native children with their native culturally relevantbiological family, other relatives and any other tribal people. The plans will always include placement with non-natives as a last option
.

*Providing American Indian and/or other Nativechildren in foster care, group care or otherState institutions the knowledge onequal access to their tribal heritage and actually helping them to learnimportant life altering lessons about their own family roles in those respectives tribes, clans and/or nations and our society in general.

*With a variety of offerings to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working withuson this new webpage we’ve designed to help people make the useful tool ‘Bridge Cultures by Caring’.Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.

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