ERIC Number: ED197864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Leech Lake American Indian Foster Care Project 1978. Final Report.
Walker and Associates, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
In its second year the project continued to attempt to reduce the incidence of separation of Indian children from their families and to establish permanent planning for those children who were removed, thus improving the child welfare services to Minnesota Chippewa Indian children and families on the Leech Lake Reservation through direct foster care services and staff and resource development. Most of the achievements of 1976-77 were maintained or increased in the second year, 1977-78, when the project achieved its goals in the area of direct child welfare services by: returning 84% (26) of involved Indian children to Indian environments; placing 42% (13) permanently; establishing plans leading to a return home, adoption, or long term foster care for 58% (18); and improving the hierarchical placement status of 42% of the 31 children involved. The program expanded its resources by licensing seven new Indian foster homes and five new Indian adoptive homes. Staff development during the year focused on training Native American and county staff and on increasing their joint consultation regarding Indian children. Project results point to the conclusion that Native Americans are able to implement, maintain, improve on, and expand social services to meet their people's needs. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Walker and Associates, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.