National Child Welfare Association


Cori Matthew

Director of Programs and Policy

(503) 222-4044, ext. 146

NICWA Champion for Native Children Award

Please note, the award period is current closed. Please check back in the fall of 2017 for more information.

NICWA seeks nominations for its highest honor, the Champion for Native Children Award. Guided by the National Indian Child Welfare Association’s board of directors, this annual award honors an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the well-being of Indigenous children in the United States or Canada.

Awardees will be honored at NICWA's 2017 Protecting Our Children National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in San Diego, California on April 2-5, 2017.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominees should be an individual or organization that has been an exceptional or an emerging leader who has made significant contributions to the well-being of Indigenous children, families, and communities in the United States or Canada. Such contributions may consist of:

  • Demonstrated excellence, creativity, and leadership affecting positive change in tribal child welfare and in tribal communities;
  • Advocacy for tribal children, families, and communities;
  • Developing and/or promoting programs and policies that support tribes, children, and families;
  • Working for passage of legislation designed to protect Native children, to enhance tribal child welfare, or to reinforce the Indian Child Welfare Act;
  • Working to obtain funding necessary to implement programs and policies supporting Indigenous children and families; or
  • A significant body of work that spans several years, or evidence of lifelong service, to promoting the well-being of Indigenous children and families and strengthening tribal sovereignty.

How to Nominate

To nominate, please fill out this form and mail it to:

Attn: Champion for Native Children Selection Committee
5100 SW Macadam Avenue
Suite 300
Portland, OR 97239