Innovations in Tribal Child Welfare Practice

3rd Semi-Annual Regional Tribal Child Welfare Gathering May 4-6, 2010

Day 1Tuesday, May 4, 2010
7:30 AM Registration Opens
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome

Mark Ells, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center

Drum Group – Honor Song, Flag Song
Little Elk

Prayer/Invocation
Ray Kiodima, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa

Introductions: MCWIC Staff, Presenters, Regional Office Representatives, all Tribal Gathering Participants

9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM Keynote: Current Innovations in Tribal Child Welfare Practice
Anita Fineday, Chief Judge for the White Earth Tribal Nation
11:00 AM Presentation: Current Activities & Future Direction
Kathy Deserly, Associate Director, National Resource Center for Tribes
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentation: Early Intervention Trauma Based Case Management
Bill Memberto, Director, Family Services Department, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM Presentation: "Grand Traverse Band New Path Residential Program"
Helen Cook, Anishinaabek Family Services Supervisor, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians
3:15 PM Breakout Discussions
  • NRC 4Tribes Discussion
  • Early Intervention – Trauma Based Case Management
  • New Path Residential Program
4:45 PM Wrap-up, evaluation and Day 2 Preview
5:00 PM Adjourn
Day 2Wednesday, May 5, 2010
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Opening Remarks
MCWIC
8:45 AM Presentation: Collecting Tribal Data: Where Do We Go From Here?
Cheryl Montoya, Consultant, National Resource Center on Child Welfare Data and Technology
9:30 AM Break
9:45 AM Presentation: State Data System: Incorporating ICWA Components
Loa Porter, Project Manager, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Presentation: Implementing Innovations in Child Welfare – A Theoretical Framework
Mark Ells, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentation: Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act Codification Experience
Mark Mitchell, Special Projects Manager, Office of Legal Counsel, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM Presentation: Improving the Quality of Children's Legal Representation
Don Duquette, Director, National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System
3:15 PM Break out discussions
  • Improving Practice through Data Collection
  • Forging Tribal/State Connections/Coalitions/Collaboration
  • QIC-Representation of Children
4:30 PM Wrap-up, evaluation and Day 3 preview
5:00 PM Adjourn
Day 3Thursday, May 6, 2010
9:00 AM Focused Technical Assistance & Peer to Peer Discussions
Participants will have an opportunity to engage in informal roundtable discussions focused on topics of interest.