For the Children
On December 14th, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) hosted its first Indian Child Welfare Task Force meeting. This gathering brought together inter-tribal and state agencies with a focus on respecting the government-to-government relationship the State of Oklahoma has with each of the 38 federally recognized tribal nations headquartered in our state.
The primary aspects the task force focused on were: (1) discussing matters affecting Indian Child Welfare, (2) increasing technical awareness for tribes to adopt and maintain statistics and data with a goal towards accurately tracking information about Native populations and (3) identifying needs around administrative issues that negatively impact the placement of Native American youth throughout Oklahoma.
After five hours of discussion and collaboration, the task force produced several recommendations and major policy areas that need improvement within the categories of education, social justice and health care.
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