NICWA works to strengthen the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. Our vision is that every Indian child will have access to community-based, culturally appropriate services that help them grow up safe, healthy and spiritually strong.
Bottom Line for Portland
In Portland, Native children are taken from their families 20 times more often than white children. Last year, NICWA trained 156 social workers in Portland and answered 77 or more crisis calls to reduce that statistic. This year, we’re expanding local initiatives to keep even more Native families together in our community.
“I was recently doing family reunification and everything worked out well. Mom had supports in place and kids felt happy, loved and
nurtured. Our communities deserve the best, and NICWA is there to support workers, families and children.”
—Hilary M., NICWA member and social care worker