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Collaboration Strategies for Tribes, or Non-Native Service Providers Working with Tribes, to Support Kinship/Grandfamilies

May 10, 2023

Dr. Terry (Ha-ne-ga-noh) Cross

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Presented by Dr. Terry Cross

The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network hosted a webinar on May 10, 2023 with Dr. Terry Cross, where he provided a brief review of collaboration: what it is, why to collaborate, and how it can be successfully accomplished. He focused on specific strategies for tribal programs wishing to engage in collaborative services. In addition, Dr. Cross addressed how government or private organizations can best prepare for collaboration with tribes. An example of collaboration principles designed to ensure equitable and respectful collaborative work will be presented. Explore what this example teaches us about cross-cultural and cross-jurisdiction collaboration and discover key concepts. Learn about several building blocks for preparing for collaborative ventures and discuss several issues to consider when developing, implementing, managing, or evaluating collaborative efforts.

This webinar will help you:

  • Be able to discuss why grandfamilies and relative care providers can benefit from collaborative approaches among tribes, or between tribes and non-Native government or private service providers
  • Become familiar with principles that support successful cross-cultural and cross-jurisdiction collaboration
  • Be able to explore and weigh several issues when planning a collaboration among or with tribes.

About our Presenter: Dr. Terry (Ha-ne-ga-noh) Cross, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, received his master’s degree in social work from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He is the founding executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), now serving as senior advisor. He is the author of Positive Indian Parenting and co-authored Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care, published by Georgetown University. He has 49 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years direct practice.

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