This training is a presentation of dissertation research. This study was embedded within the Alaska Native child welfare context to fill a gap in the literature that further theorized and made evident the key concepts and mechanisms of Indigenous child wellbeing. Twenty-five foster care alumni, relative caregivers and foster parents provided their perspective and life experience of child wellbeing within ICWA preference placements. The use of directed content analysis and indigenous storywork helped to make meaning of the knowledge bearers’ stories in comparison with an Indigenous Connectedness Framework.
Results indicate that (1) relational wounds and trauma must be acknowledged and addressed, (2) relational continuity is crucial for wellbeing within child welfare, and (3) relational healing happens when children and adults know who they are and where they come from. This study is significant because it shifts the narrative, philosophy, values, beliefs and theory of child wellbeing within child welfare and several other social and work contexts. In addition, it influences how we live in right relationship with ourselves and others for the benefit of our sacred children.
Presenter. Who I Am, Where I Come From:
I am a tribal member of Nome Eskimo Community. I grew up in the urban settings of Anchorage and Wasilla. When I first visited Kingigin and Sitnasuak, I experienced the generational memory of these lands and waters in a way that helped my life finally make sense. I have always loved the ocean and mountains and this landscape completely surrounded these communities. My upbringing has created stark juxtapositions in my positionality. I have felt like an insider/outsider in many contexts; Native at home/Non-Native at school, rural at heart/urban in my physical spaces with frequent escapes to the mountains, forests, tundra, and water.
This feeling of being a shapeshifter in different settings has helped me bridge gaps between what people call “two worlds” of Indigenous and western paradigms. Now my existence lies within one wholistic sense of place and belonging. I have nine years of child welfare practice experience in Anchorage, Alaska, working for the Office of Children’s Services (OCS). I recently graduated from the University of Washington with my doctorate degree in social welfare. My passion has been to safely reduce the disproportionate number of Alaska Native children in out-of-home care. I believe shifting the focus to wellbeing and healing is going to be central to making this vision a reality for our sacred children.
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