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MISSION — To celebrate National Foster Care Month the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will host a meal and activities Wednesday, May 25, at the Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The event is planned from 5:30-7 p.m. To register or for more information contact Marie Allman at 541-429-7300. The theme this year is " H o n o r ing, Uniting and Celebrating Families." "The role tribal foster care has with tribal children and families is an important role of utilizing and assessing the extended kinship relations that surround a child," Julie Taylor, DCFS Director, said in a news release from the department. DCFS relies on the extended family to provide temporary or permanent care of a child when a child comes in to the care of the department, Taylor said. DCFS is guided by the family of the child and the Juvenile Code of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) when it comes to placement preferences. As a result, the department has a high rate of success in matching children with relative providers. On April 21, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown proclaimed May as Foster Care Month. I n the pr oclamation Br ow n s aid " . . . foster and relative families, who open their homes and hearts and offer help to children whose families are in crisis, play a vital role helping children and families heal and reconnect and in launching children into successful adulthood." Nationally, recruitment for foster care is a challenge for both states and tribes, Taylor said. The task of recruiting individuals to become foster-care providers in Indian Country is due to several factors that include, but are not limited to, the impact of historical trauma and the stigma that surround "foster care." In March, DCFS hosted a tw o -day training in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute on Tribal Approaches to Foster Care. The training attracted 20 participants ranging from service providers to current foster parent providers. Participants of the training gained information on approaches to t rauma-informed parenting, wor k i n g with children who come from substanceabusing families, mandatory reporting, and working with children who are in foster care. The training served to provide a background and introduction to the role of foster care and the importance the role of foster care has within tribal communities. The trainers provided content around the impact of historical federal policies and trauma associated with those policies

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Trio attends 'Protecting Our Children' conference M ISSION — Alex N i lo, Cedr i c Wildbill and Ashley Hardin fr om the Department of C h i l d ren and Family Services (DCFS) in April attended the National Indian Welfare Association's 34th annual Protecting Our Children, National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nilo is Child Protection Services intake screener, Wildbill is Targered Case Management date coordinator, and Hardin is assistant director for DCFS on the Umatilla Indian

Reservation. The trio made two presentations "Tribal Approaches to Different Response" and " T r i bal T argeted Case Management Approach and Implementation." About 45 people attended the first workshop and 65 were at the second workshop. Alecia McConnell, a member of t he Confederated Tribes, did no t attend with th e DCFS threesome but participated on a youth panel plenary session called "L earning from Youth with Lived Experience." -

on American Indian /Alaska Native (AI/ AN) communities which significantly impacted the number of AI/AN children in care. AI/A N children are disproportionately removed from their homes as compared to those of non-native children, meaning, AI/AN are removed at a higher rate from their homes than non-native children. The training stressed the importance of having tribal homes, especially relative (kinship) placements, readily available for tribal children coming in to care to reduce the amount of trauma that can take place for a child when they are removed from their home and placed into a home they are not familiar with. The training focused its attention around the utilization of tribal culture as a protective factor - a mechanism designed to help children build strength, draw strength, and develop healthy coping skills. The participants of the training worked together throughout the training to place themselves in the shoes of a tribal child going in to care and as the provider in identifying resources for the children to ensure an adequate support system was in place for the child. One participant stated, "The activity where we had to come up with local resources helped me come to the realization of how resourceful our community is." Certified foster parents of DCFS are required to complete 30 hours of training a year. DCFS is currently working to enhance the training opportunities available to community members who are interested in becoming tribal foster parents and who are current foster parents. If there are questions about how to become a foster parent for DCFS call 541-429-7300.

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