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.
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
Mental Health and Trauma Services for Adults
Substance Abuse Prevention 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:
State of Alaska Children's Services
CITC Family Services
CITC Recovery Services, Southcentral Foundation, Salvation Army, Akeela
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
Alaska Native Medical Center
CITC’s Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
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
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.
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.