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Dr. Terry Cross

Founding Executive Director and Senior Advisor

National Indian Child Welfare Association
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Dr. Terry Cross (known in the Seneca language as Ha-ne-ga-noh) is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation who 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.