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Alaska and Tanana Chiefs Conference sign historic Tribal agreement

Additional funding options available for Tribal child welfare

FAIRBANKS — For the first time in Alaska’s child welfare history, the state is entering into an agreement with a Tribal organization that supports and recognizes the ability of a Tribe to provide services to its own citizens, increasing the likelihood for Tribal foster children to stay in their communities with relatives, culture, and traditions.

The agreement will allow Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) to receive federal Title IV-E funds to help pay for the care of Tribal children placed in Tribal foster homes. TCC is a non-profit organization of 37 member Tribes in Interior Alaska.  

The Department of Health and Social Services invites media to witness the official signing of this historic agreement by TCC President Jerry Isaac and DHSS Commissioner William J. Streur at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center in Fairbanks. 

WHAT:           Signing of historic agreement between Alaska and TCC

WHEN:           Wednesday, Dec. 18

WHERE:         Morris Thompson Cultural Center, Fairbanks

TIME:              2 p.m. 

 The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services promotes and protects the health and well-being of Alaskans. We help individuals and families create safe and healthy communities. For more information, visit http://dhss.alaska.gov.

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