Family Preservation and Reunification Services
DIFRC’s Family Engagement Specialists provide family-focused and trauma-informed intensive case management services to American Indian and Alaska Native families. Our culturally-responsive services meet the individual needs of each family through home, community, and office-based visits. These services assist children, parents/caregivers, and the extended family in strengthening relationships and re-establishing balance.
Resource and Referral Services
DIFRC’s Resource and Referral staff are the first point of contact for clients requesting services. Our staff connect individuals and families to agency services and provide external referrals including for a variety of needs including utility assistance, baby items, clothing, as well as housing and legal referrals.
Indian Child Welfare Advocacy
We advocate for application of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in all cases where an American Indian or Alaska Native child becomes involved in the child welfare system due to child maltreatment. ICWA applies to American Indian and Alaska Native children under a strict definition:
An unmarried person who is younger than 18 years of age and who is either:
a) a member of a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native village;
b) eligible for membership in a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native village and who is the biological child of a member of a federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native village.
DIFRC believes in and advocates for the spirit of ICWA. While ICWA applies only to those who meet the above criteria, DIFRC services are available to all families that self-identify as Native American.