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CDSS Tribal Consultation Process

The CDSS’ Child Welfare Policy and Program Development Bureau is in the process of developing a formal Tribal Consultation Policy for CDSS to implement when requesting input from California tribes on child welfare issues. On September 19, 2011 Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-10-11 which declares that “…every state agency and department subject to my executive control shall encourage communication and consultation with California Indian Tribes. Agencies and departments shall permit elected officials and other representatives of tribal governments to provide meaningful input into the development of legislation, regulations, rules, and policies on matters that may affect tribal communities.” On June 25 and 27, 2013 CDSS co-chaired two listening sessions at the 20th Annual Statewide Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Conference with the intent to gather input about how to develop a formal Tribal Consultation Policy. See below for a description of the conference sessions, transcriptions from the sessions, and other supporting documents.

For more information or to provide feedback, please contact us at:

Email: ICWA@dss.ca.gov
California Department of Social Services
Child Welfare Policy and Program Development Bureau
744 P Street, MS 8-11-87
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-6160