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About Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare Studies

Department of Social Work

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Our mission is to promote family and cultural preservation and improve outcomes for children involved in the child welfare system through supporting current and future child welfare practitioners, building capacity within the child welfare workforce, and developing innovative research and practice in partnership with communities in the region. We are especially committed to developing and supporting effective practice with American Indian children and families.


We envision tribal and public child welfare systems that are effective, interculturally responsive and have healthy workforces that support family and cultural preservation in order to strengthen communities and radically reduce the number of children entering out of home care.


  • Relational Worldview
  • Collaboration and Bridging Across Systems
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Tribal Sovereignty
  • Education and Training


Bree Bussey
Priscilla Day
Mark Erickson
Amy Madsen
Karen Nichols