Site Visit Report: CITC Program: Collaboration Between TANF and Child Welfare to Improve Child Welfare Program Outcomes
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The Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is an Alaskan Native organization that serves the needs of Native people throughout the Cook Inlet region and beyond. In 1971, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) led to the formation of 13 Native Regional Corporations, both for profit and nonprofit, to manage investment opportunities and health and social service delivery systems for Alaska Native people. Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc., through authority from Cook Inlet Region, Inc., serves the social service and educational needs of Alaska Natives in the Cook Inlet region. Through these services, CITC works to achieve four "Community Outcomes": ; 1) Increased self-esteem and cultural identity. We want to ensure that CITC's programs and advocacy help bring about a community in which strong self-esteem and pride in Alaska Native identity and heritage is widespread.; 2. Increased self-sufficiency. We want to ensure that CITC's programs and advocacy capitalize on the collective endless potential of Our People, and create a community in which individuals take responsibility for both themselves and each other, without depending on entitlements that undermine self-reliance.; 3. Increased health and stability of families. We want to ensure that CITC's programs and advocacy foster a network of healthy, loving families that nurture and support Our People, especially our children. We want to help build a community of families that help and strength each other.; 4. Increased equity and social justice. Knowing that some of the challenges that the Alaska Native Community faces are rooted in attitudes and systems that perpetuate racism and prejudice, we want to ensure that CITC's programs and advocacy actively challenge and reform attitudes and systems that hold Our People back.
interagency collaboration; TANF; child welfare services; Alaska Natives; cultural competency; advocacy; self esteem; identity development; economic self sufficiency; family support systems