National Child Welfare Association

Technical Assistance

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NICWA provides technical assistance (TA) in systems development and improvement for Indian child welfare and children’s mental health services. We emphasize empowering tribal programs and increasing their capacity. TA services are adapted to meet the individual needs of both Indian and non-Indian organizations.

Our Model

Based on the Relational Worldview Model (RWM), our TA is designed to enhance the level and quality of child welfare and related services delivered to children and families. The RWM reflects the Native concept of balance as the basis for health for individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Our Practices

Our community development specialists will work with your community to:

  • Align services with community needs and resources
  • Ally your community with other tribal communities
  • Grow cross-system relationships
  • Deepen parent–professional partnerships

Through close collaboration, we’ll bring our expertise to facilitate strategic TA plans and arrange onsite TA tailored to that meet the goals of that plan.

Popular Technical Assistance Offerings

  • ICWA and its implementation
  • State and tribal child welfare services for American Indian families
  • Foster care recruitment, training, and placement priorities
  • Comparison of ICWA and the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)
  • Relative care and guardianship post-placement services
  • Increasing tribal access to Title IV-E
  • Negotiating tribal-state agreements


To learn more about how NICWA’s TA services can support your program, please contact NICWA at (503) 222-4044, or email us.