National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is dedicated to the well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native children.
Bottom Line for Portland
Native children are removed from their families by the child welfare system 20 times more often than White children. NICWA trains Oregon tribal leaders on how to decolonize tribal child welfare services; optimize state, federal, and tribal funding; and advocate effectively for Native children and families who are in state child welfare systems. Together we can continue to protect Native families and keep them safe, healthy, and connected.
“There is a lot of grief here. The root for many families is loss and historical trauma, which the pandemic exacerbated. NICWA has empowered me, and my team, to better help the families we serve.” – Julie Taylor (Umatilla) Director, Department of Children and Family Services, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
NICWA is a Native-led, culturally based organization. Our board of directors is 100% Native as stipulated by our by-laws. We have a diverse staff; 67% of our employees self-identify as a person of color, and 50% of our employees are tribally identified. Through our relentless advocacy for the rights of Native children, we are creating pathways to reduce the structural racism and discrimination that is embedded in “helping systems” by providing culturally based services and working to meet the unique needs of Native children and families.
All Give!Guide donors will get a free 20 oz drip coffee and 10% discount on any purchase from Sandino Brothers Coffee.
Donations of $50 or more will be entered to win one of three packages:
*A flight over Portland on the “Stumptown” tour from Envi Adventure Flights.
*Envi Adventure Flights air tour of “Wonderful Waterfalls” in the Columbia Gorge.
*A pair of tickets from Pavelcomm to the Blazers v. Bucks game on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Vouchers for free parking and $120 in food, drinks, and merchandise are included.