Indian Child Welfare

Mission Statement:

The Kiowa Indian Child Welfare Program operates a designed program to prevent the breakup of Kiowa families. We will provide services to strengthen family stability and ensure that the removal of a Kiowa child from his/her parent(s) is the last resort.

Service Delivery Area:

The old reservation area of trust properties in Caddo, Kiowa , Comanche, Cotton and Tillman Counties. Or, in all cases involving Kiwoa children in our state or other state courts jurisdiction which we may monitor or transfer to our CFR-CIO Court, located in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

Services Provided:

Our Title II Family Services Program works under the guidelines of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Our Title IV-B (1) and (2) Programs assist families “at risk” of losing the child to a welfare agency. Our Program will provide services or household items to satisfy any outside agency that the children are safe in their own home.

Procedural Guidelines Application:

For Title II services—If your children have been removed from you and the agency will not return them, reciting abuse or neglect, we will attempt to assist you in having your children returned to you. Or, we may attempt to have the case transferred from the state court to our CFR-CIO Court in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

If your children are “at risk” and agency has warned you to fix a situation for the children to remain in the home; our Title IV-B (1) or (2) Programs may be able to assist your family. For Title IV-B services you must fill an application, have enrolled Kiowa children and provide copies of the children’s C.D.I.B. and your C.D.I.B. card; you must also submit a letter stating the situation written in your own hand; A copy of the bill to the programĀ or if it is for an appliance you must submit 3 bids for the household item.

There is also a cap on the program finances a family may be assisted with.

Services Provided:

Assist with a utility, rent or a major appliance, this service will keep the children in the home. Or, help a family find counseling, parenting classes, domestic violence classes, housing and state or tribal court advocacy involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Staff:
Richard Hernasy, Coordinator
Gloria Huffman, File/Intake Clerk
Shannon Ahtone, Caseworker
Summer Morgan, Caseworker
Contact:
(580) 654-2349
Toll free 1-855-636-5324
E-mail: icw@kiowatribe.org

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