The purpose of this article is to help child welfare workers better understand the cultural and spiritual elements of effective practice with their Native American clients. This article begins by helping child welfare workers better understand sovereignty and the historical context of Native people in the United States. Discussion then focuses on helping child welfare workers better understand the worldview and family dynamics of Native Americans. Finally, practice and intervention strategies are given to help child welfare workers become more culturally responsive to their Native American clients.
- American Indians
- Child welfare practice
- Cultural competency
- Native Americans
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science