A ceremonial signing of a state-tribal agreement to help ensure the welfare of children and families took place on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, in Lac du Flambeau.
President Tom Maulson of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Eloise Anderson signed a Title IV-E Tribal State Agreement, to assist the band in recovering reimbursement monies for child welfare services. The administrative cost agreement allows agencies to be reimbursed by the federal government for certain child welfare services provided to families and children.
During the ceremony held at the William Wildcat Community Center, Secretary Anderson acknowledged the importance of the historic signing and recognized the efforts of tribal government.
“It’s crucial that we address this situation that the Lac du Flambeau Band has determined to be a state of emergency,” said Anderson. “Through effective partnerships involving tribal, state and federal governments, this Title IV-E agreement will help towards increasing services to Lac du Flambeau children and families.”
“This is important because it helps expand services to families who may be struggling with various issues,” said Kristen Allen, Director of the Tribe’s Indian Child Welfare Department. “As a child, my family, as well as others I know, dealt with social issues and crises situations. My personal experience motivated me to follow a career in social work,” continued Allen.
The agreement will allow federal aid to flow directly to the Tribe, will help to increase staff and delivery of services to children and families in need of intensive support and monitoring.
“Many times parents need help and the children do not understand what is happening. “These additional resources will benefit families through the ability to provide ongoing supportive assistance through training, education and awareness,” said Allen.
The Tribe’s Indian Child Welfare Department ensures protection and unification of Native American children and families, and is committed to assisting families in times of social crises. With the agreement, an initial six-month assessment period will be needed in order to determine reimbursement amounts.
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Anthony "AJ" Ernst as Director of the Tribe's Human Services Division. Dr. Ernst comes highly respected as a clinician, trainer, administrator, project manager and policy analyst.
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