Child Welfare Webinar Series Part 2: Child Welfare Cases: Addressing the Unique Needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Families

Thank you for your interest in the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (RCDV:CPC) Webinar, a project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). To register, please use the registration form provided below.

Child Welfare Cases: Addressing the Unique Needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Families

August 23, 2018 ~ 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET


Child welfare cases are emotional and difficult under any circumstance, but when domestic violence is involved they become much more complex. This webinar will explore both the foundational information of how domestic violence impacts children and how the system treats domestic violence victims while also addressing unique issues that can arise when American Indian and Alaska Native children are involved. Understanding both statutory and cultural considerations will assist everyone to be more helpful to families in these difficult cases while also promoting statutory compliance. Suggestions for solutions will be discussed along with identified resiliency factors specific to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand some of the common issues and concerns associated with Indian Child Welfare cases when domestic violence is the reason why children are removed.
  2. Participants will learn about statutory requirements of ICWA and how they might impact Domestic Violence cases.
  3. Participants will also understand more about American Indian history, trauma, and cultural concerns and gain some ideas of how to most effectively assist families in these situations.

Presented by: Terri Yellowhammer

Terri Yellowhammer is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota.  She currently serves as the Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Manager for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), where she oversees TTA support to SAMHSA tribal grantees on strategic planning for substance misuse prevention and intervention, and works closely with staff throughout the center to customize products and service delivery to be culturally responsive to tribal needs. Ms. Yellowhammer previously provided TTA to Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Tribal Youth grantees and Department of Justice-funded (DOJ) Defending Childhood Initiative Tribal grantees, supporting them in developing and sustaining comprehensive, community-based strategies to prevent and reduce the impact of children’s exposure to juvenile delinquency and violence.  Ms. Yellowhammer is regularly called upon to be part of the following national expert panels focusing on services to American Indian/Alaska Natives: 

  •        The National Girl’s Initiative of National Crittenton and Department of Justice works to improve systems response and increase the use of developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, trauma–informed programs for girls and young women in or at–risk of entering the juvenile justice system. 
  •        The Promising Futures Initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Family Violence Prevention and Services Division to create a National Capacity Building Center to Expand Services for Children, Youth, and Abused Parents.
  •        The Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Tribal Expert Workgroup reviews materials, resources, and provides guidance on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) with tribal communities and their partners.

Ms. Yellowhammer is currently an Appellate Supreme Court Judge for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.  She has served as an associate judge with the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, as an assistant attorney general for the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, as a legal aid attorney for the Indian Child Welfare Law Center, and as a Guardian Ad Litem specializing in Indian Child Welfare Act cases in Minnesota.


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