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National Indian Child Welfare Association

Mission

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, we trained 246 Oregonian social workers and received 90 Oregonian crisis calls to reduce that statistic. This year, we’re expanding local partnerships to keep even more Native families in Portland together.

“[NICWA taught me] invaluable lessons to help families and children succeed in their lives and education. I learned that we are in it together. We can all benefit from the lessons of child welfare and the importance of culture.” —Social worker, NICWA training attendee

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