Casey Family Programs

Job Announcement: Senior Director of Indian Child Welfare Consulting

Casey Family Programs - Indian Child Welfare ProgramsCasey Family Programs has posted the position of Senior Director Indian Child Welfare. Learn more and apply at

Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a national operating foundation that provides and improves – and ultimately prevents the need for – foster care. We value a diverse and culturally competent workplace.

Job Summary:  The Senior Director of Indian Child Welfare Consulting is a national expert providing leadership to Casey, Tribes, and States regarding child welfare systems for Indian Child Welfare programs.

Essential Responsibilities: 

Works closely with Systems Improvement, Child and Family Services, Outcome Quality Improvement, and other Casey work units to ensure alignment and continuous quality improvement on practice and outcomes from ICWP.

Leads operations within the Indian Child Welfare Programs (ICWP) work unit and oversees the work unit budget, ongoing projects, and the coordination with Casey Family Programs (CFP) Systems Improvement.

Oversees the design, development, implementation and evaluation of tribal transformation, and identification and support of best Indian  child welfare practices.  Responsibilities include ensuring compliance with legal, financial and Casey’s strategic objectives and state plans; and ensuring that the Indian Child Welfare Consulting staff works positively and effectively with all staff internal to Casey aswell as external contacts.

Directs the transformation and urban Indian center work efforts on behalf of the Casey. Identifies partners, communities, and resources for the successful transformation of the Casey field offices and development of a tribal child welfare system in each identified location.  Develops plans for ongoing maintenance and improvement of systems once established.

Identify, promote and disseminate practice models, methodologies and tools that may improve public child welfare and AI/AN child outcomes.

Understand and articulate Casey’s 2020 goals to staff and all other audiences with a vested interest in the prevention and safe reduction of youth is foster care.

“IV-E 101” Webinar on April 21, 2014

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Children & Family Services in collaboration with Casey Family Programs invite you to attend a webinar:

Casey Family Programs - Indian Child Welfare ProgramsThe Great Seal - Port Gamble Sklallam Nation“IV-E 101”

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe was the first tribe in the United States to be approved to receive direct Title IV-E funds. In this webinar, Port Gamble representatives will give an  overview of the Tribe’s experiences with pursuing direct funding, administering its own program, and lessons learned.

This is an opportunity for peer consultation, during which tribes who are interested in increasing their understanding of IV-E requirements and pursuing their own IV-E funding can learn from Port Gamble and ask questions about the direct IV-E application and administration process.

Date & Time: Monday, April 21, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm PST

Format: Via online Adobe Connect webinar; participants will need access to the internet plus ability to telephone in to a conference line for audio

Featured speakers:
Andrea Smith, Children & Family Services Attorney
Jolene George, Director of Behavioral Health

Topics will include:

  • History behind Port Gamble pursuing IV-E funding
  • Timeline of Title IV programs
  • Highlights of challenges
  • Q&A

RSVP: Please respond by April 18 to Tanya Dumas at tdumas at casey dot org with your name, affiliation, and email address. Connection details will be sent to registered participants.

Casey Family Programs Press Release on “Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl”

Casey Family Programs logoCasey Family Programs releases a press release on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case before the U.S. Supreme Court:

SEATTLE – Casey Family Programs with the support of 17 other national child welfare organizations has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  The case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, now before the Supreme Court, calls into question the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

The coalition of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations represents decades of frontline experience working to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families. The group supports ICWA because it has helped establish the values and practices that have become central to effective child welfare practice. In particular, this law reinforces the important role that families and communities play when determining the best interests of children in their care.

See the entire press release.

Resource: ICWA Desk Guide (Casey Family Programs)

Casey Family Programs logoProduced by the Casey Family Programs, this eight-page Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) desk guide is a general reference about the major provisions of the ICWA and the laws and policies regarding the application of the law in different jurisdictions. (Some states provide guidance regarding ICWA in their policy manuals and through training; other states have codified ICWA in state law or have defined terms used in the ICWA in state statute, while others have codified only certain aspects of ICWA.) Additional resources are identified on page five of the guide.  Find the guide at