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What We Do

Our services include coaching, peer networking, distance learning, consultation, dissemination, product development, and capacity-building assistance. In close collaboration with the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative, our services are identified in three categories:

  • Universal Services are designed to increase understanding and awareness of emerging topics and successful practices to a broad audience of Tribes, as well as service providers and other stakeholders. The Center develops and disseminates high-quality, up-to-date resources—Tribal Talks, videos, articles, curricula, policy briefs, and others.
  • Constituency Services are designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and relationships among groups of professionals and peers, such as groups of Indian Child Welfare Act or title IV-E managers from across different Tribes or regions. Using webinars, conference calls, or peer networks, the Center convenes and supports constituency groups as they share information, challenges, and successes on topics of common interest.
  • Tailored Services are designed to help individual Tribes develop their capacity to improve performance and achieve positive outcomes for children and families. Services can be brief (typically less than 1 year) or intensive. Examples of tailored services projects include:
    • Improving data capacity
    • Planning for IV-E grants
    • Policy or practice model development

Accessing Services

  • Title IV-B Tribes interested in Tailored Services can make an inquiry directly to the Center for Tribes by contacting Elizabeth Deserly at or by contacting their Children’s Bureau Regional Office.
  • Once contacted, Center staff will work with Tribes to explore needs and identify the appropriate levels of service.


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