Indian Child Welfare

Services specifically targeting Sac & Fox families are offered through the Nation’s office of Indian Child Welfare. The Indian Child Welfare Program works closely with other individual and family-oriented programs such as the Social Services Department and Black Hawk Behavioral Health Management in order to reunite and rebuild broken families and strengthen existing homes.

Other service options include:
• Individual Counseling
• Marriage and Family Counseling
• Group Therapy
• Career Counseling
• Indian Foster Home Care
• Adoption Referral
• Information/Referrals/Follow-ups
• Establish and provide support to Indian Youth Groups
• Family liaison for BIA, IHS, State and County Social Service offices and State and Tribal Courts
• Seminars/Workshops: Parent-child Relationship. Child Abuse and
Neglect, Marriage Enrichment, Consumer Counseling and Wellness

Family Preservation & Support Services

In October 2000, Family Preservation and Support Services will be experiencing a name change. The new name for services will be Promoting Safe & Stable Families. Although the name will be different, our purpose and services will remain unchanged. Intensive in-home work is available for those needing to complete child custody case plans.

Current services include, but are not limited to, the following:  
• Recruitment and training of top quality foster parents
• Counseling and Referrals 
• Parenting Skills Class
• Stress Management
• Family Budgeting
• Conflict Resolution Training
• Communication Skills Building
• Home Management
• Health/Nutrition Information
• Family Recreational Activities
• Respite care and support
• Foster Parent Support Group

Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-608) was enacted on November 08, 1978. The Act is designed to protect Indian children from involuntary removal from their families and Indian tribes, bands, or nations by establishing, by statute minimum Federal Standards to ensure that the breakup of Indian families is prevented. This includes provisions to assure those children that are removed that they will be provided placement in foster or adoptive homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture.

The Act also ensures protection of the best interests of those Indian children and their families by providing assistance and funding Indian tribes and Indian organizations for the operation of child and family service programs. The programs are to be established with the purpose of promoting the stability and security of Indian families and reflecting the unique values of Indian culture.


Contact Informaiton

Sac & Fox Nation
Indian Child Welfare Program
Karen Hamilton, Indian Child Welfare Director

Shawnee Multi-Purpose Building
215 N. Harrison Ave
Shawnee, OK 74801
(405) 275-1262

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