Native American
Rights in Foster Care

National Indian Child Welfare Association - NICWA

About this resource

AI/AN children are overrepresented in state foster care systems. This disproportionality has increased trauma to AI/AN children, families, and communities, and has undermined efforts to improve child welfare outcomes for this population. NICWA addresses the systemic problems that contribute to racial disproportionality in foster care and racial disparities in access to support services that can prevent the breakup of AI/AN families. We do this by educating policymakers on the potential impacts of policies, advocating for increased prevention services, and assisting tribes in increasing their own capacity to provide services to their member children and families wherever they may live.