Indian Child Welfare

The Minnesota Department of Human Service (department) is committed to improving safety, well-being and permanency outcomes for American Indian children. Services provided to American Indian children and their families are consistent with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act and the Tribal State Agreement. Efforts to improve child welfare outcomes and reduce the disproportionate number of American Indian children in foster care are implemented in collaboration and consultation with Minnesota tribes and counties. This site shares information on current initiatives, laws, practice tools, training, funding, data and tribal and county contact information. See:

  • Best Practices for current information about state, local and tribal initiatives to improve Indian child welfare
  • Laws for background on relevant state and federal laws that guide these efforts
  • Grants and Grantees for information on programs supported by state and federal funding
  • Reports for data on statewide child welfare outcomes
  • Contacts for information on Minnesota’s counties and tribes.
  • Resources

    To learn more about the other American Indian organizations and providers here in Minnesota and nationally, view the following links:

    National Indian Child Welfare Association
    Native American Rights Fund

    Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center

    Indian Affair Council – State of Minnesota

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