Childcare and Development
The Child Care and Development Program is a program funded by the Office of Child Care to provide funds for Native American Children to attend quality childcare programs. The program also allows for relative care providers. Relatives are defined by the Office of Childcare as: Grandmother, Grandfather, great grandmother, great grandfather, aunt, uncle, or an older sibling living in a separate residence. The program is income based and available for children, ages 0-12 years, of Federally Recognized Tribal Citizens. Parents must make no more than 85% of the median income of the state of Virginia. For example, the income for a family of four can be no more than $85,000. The income limit is adjusted for family size. The child’s primary residence must be in one of the following counties: Charles City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, James City, or New Kent. For more information, contact Susann Brown, Childcare and Development Program Director.
Indian Child Welfare Act
ICWA” stands for the Indian Child Welfare Act, which is a Federal law passed in 1978. ICWA in response to the alarmingly high number of Indian children being removed from their homes by both public and private agencies. The purpose of ICWA is “…to protect the best interest of Indian Children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families”. It is preferred that Indian children be placed in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture. ICWA provides guidance to States regarding the handling of child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children
Title IV Elder Nutrition
The purpose of Title VI Parts A/B of the Older Americans Act (OAA) is to promote the delivery of nutrition and supportive services to American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians that are comparable to services provided under Title III of the OAA. The goal of these programs is to support the independence and well-being of tribal elders and caregivers living in their communities with nutrition.