Social Work with Native People: Orienting Child Welfare Workers to the Beliefs, Values, and Practices of Native American Families and Children

Gordon E. Limb, David Hodge, Patrick Panos

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-397
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007



  • American Indians
  • Child welfare practice
  • Cultural competency
  • Native Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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