Project Description

Alaska Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) implemented a Regional Partnership Grant project that integrated State and Tribal partners to provide child welfare/protection and substance abuse treatment services in Anchorage, AK. CITC leveraged and expanded child welfare services in its existing Child & Family Services and Recovery Services departments through its partnership with the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services (OCS) and the Native Village of Eklutna (NVE), a local Tribe in the Cook Inlet region.

Target Population

ANFP targeted:

  • Alaska Native/American Indian (AN/AI) families in Anchorage who have substantiated reports of child abuse or neglect and are at risk of further involvement with the child protection system

Major Project Goals

  • Increasing the well-being of, improving the permanency outcomes for and enhancing the safety of AN/AI children who were at risk of out-of-home placement as a result of a parent's or caretaker's substance abuse;
  • Decreasing the number of out-of-home placements for children, or the number of children who are at risk of out-of-home placement;
  • Increasing the ability of the Anchorage community to address parental/caretaker substance abuse and its effect on AN/AI children.

Key Major Program Services

Case Management and In-Home Services

  • Wraparound/Intensive In-Home Comprehensive Services

Engagement/Involvement of Fathers

  • 24/7 Dad AM/PM

Mental Health and Trauma Services for Adults

  • Trauma-Informed Services
  • Trauma-Specific Services

Substance Abuse Prevention Services

  • Housing Services

Specialized Outreach, Engagement and Retention

  • Cognitive Behavioral Strategies – Motivational Interviewing/Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Co-location of Staff
  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Screening and Assessment – Child Welfare and Other Children’s Issues

  • Screening and Assessment for Child Trauma
  • Specialized Screening and Assessment – Developmental, Behavioral/Socio-Emotional

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The ANFP Project includes the following partners:

Child Welfare

  • State of Alaska Children's Services
  • CITC Family Services

Substance Abuse

  • CITC Recovery Services, Southcentral Foundation, Salvation Army, Akeela

Tribal

  • Native Village of Eklutna (other Tribes via Indian Child Welfare Act workers)

Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Legal and Related Organizations

  • Alaska Native Justice Center

Other Evaluation and Training

  • UAA Child Welfare Academy

Mental Health and Health Services

  • Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Community Mental Health Services, North Star Hospital
  • Southcentral Foundation
  • Alaska Native Medical Center

Education

  • Nine Star

Employment

  • CITC’s Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Alaska’s People

Other Community and Child and Family Services

  • Disability Services – ARC of Anchorage, Hope Cottages, Infant Learning Program
  • Domestic Violence – Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, Southcentral Foundation Willa’s Way

Performance Indicators

Family and Child Well-Being

North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) Well-Being Measures: Participants of the ANFP treatment group demonstrated increases in all five areas measures by the NCFAS with the greatest increase being seen in Safety.

Qualitative Data: In focus groups completed with program participants, clients expressed the need for even greater emphasis on planning for graduation from the program and desired greater opportunities for aftercare and recovery supports.

Sustainability Status

Intensive In-home Services: Intensive home-based services continued for the target population within CITC's Child & Family Services department through an OCS grant-funded program referred to as the Intensive Family Preservation Program.

Comprehensive Assessment and Service Planning: Program strategies have been institutionalized both in CITC's continuum of services and in OCS's Practice Model.

Culturally Resonant Services/Enhanced Parenting Services: CITC and NVE maintained a collaborative relationship in the implementation of the Tribal IV-B programs to promote culturally resonant strategies. In the Cook Inlet Region, CITC and NVE are implementing Positive Indian Parenting and family strengthening activities for Tribal members.

SBIRT: CITC maintained SBIRT in the Child & Family/Recovery Services programs. CITC is developing a general screening process for all participants of services across the agency to include SBIRT and wellness indicators. This process was initiated using iPad technology. These strategies are sustained internally through Indian Health Service funding implemented by CITC.

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Project Details

  • Lead Agency:
    Cook Inlet Council, Inc.
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    Cook Inlet; Congressional District 1
  • Federal Grant:
    $500,000/5 years (2007-2012)
  • Evaluation Design and Comparison Group Type:
    Quasi-experimental, Same-Time, Matched Population-Level
  • Proposed Number Served (5 years):
    Children: 524
    Adults: 435
    Families: 192
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