Tribal Child Welfare

A man hugs his laughing child.

Tribes work to ensure the permanency, safety, and well-being of children by directly providing foster care and adoption services and by advocating for full compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act by state and county providers.

Evaluation involving tribal child welfare requires an understanding of complex government-to-government, intertribal, and cross-system relationships as well as historical, cultural, and local contexts.

JBA conducts process and outcome evaluations in collaboration with tribal nations and stakeholders, crafting appropriate designs, culturally relevant research questions, and actionable recommendations. We also provide technical assistance to build the capacity of tribal organizations in performance measurement and improvement.