NRCDR closed on September 29, 2017. This website is not being maintained but will be available through 2019.

For Tribes

For Tribes


At the NRCDR, we  recognize that tribal child welfare systems face unique challenges and have unique strengths. We tailor our support for tribes to help you recruit and retain families in ways that build on your strengths. See examples of our work with Tribes for ideas on how we can help.

Many of our resources and materials are developed for a broad audience, including States, Territories, and Tribes, with ideas and strategies that may be useful for tribal child welfare systems. Even though many of the materials on our website aren’t written specifically for tribal child welfare systems, we hope that the resources will be useful and relevant for tribal child welfare systems as you recruit and retain parents. See examples of our tools and resources that we think are particularly helpful for tribal child welfare systems.

Our tribal child welfare specialist has expertise in developing and implementing tribal child welfare programs, as well as providing technical assistance to many tribal child welfare systems. We can help you develop culturally relevant recruitment and retention strategies. To learn more about how our services can support your efforts, contact Becky Main, our tribal child welfare specialist.

New Publication

In April 2015 the NRCDR published Recruiting Families for Native American Children: Strengthening Partnerships for Success (PDF – 115 KB). This short guide offers suggestions for strategies that will help build state child welfare systems’ capacity to recruit, develop, and support families for Native American children in foster care.

See a list of all publications of particular interest to tribal child welfare systems.