Social Work with Native People: Orienting Child Welfare Workers to the Beliefs, Values, and Practices of Native American Families and Children
Native Americans, cultural competency, child welfare practice, American Indians
The purpose of this article is to help child welfare workers better understand the cultural and spiritual elements of effective practice with their Native American clients. This article begins by helping child welfare workers better understand sovereignty and the historical context of Native people in the United States. Discussion then focuses on helping child welfare workers better understand the worldview and family dynamics of Native Americans. Finally, practice and intervention strategies are given to help child welfare workers become more culturally responsive to their Native American clients.
Original Publication Citation
Limb, G., Hodge, D., & Panos, P. (2008). Social work with Native people: Orienting child welfare workers to the beliefs, values, and practices of Native American families and children. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 2(3), 383-397.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Limb, Gordon; Hodge, David; and Panos, Patrick, "Social Work with Native People: Orienting Child Welfare Workers to the Beliefs, Values, and Practices of Native American Families and Children" (2008). Faculty Publications. 3075.
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
© 2008 by The Haworth Press. All rights reserved