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Indian Child Welfare

About the Indian Child Welfare Program

The main objective of the ICW program is to guarantee the well-being, safety, and welfare of youth enrolled in the ICW Program. This is achieved by delivering culturally suitable, easily accessible services and assistance to these young individuals and their families. These efforts are meant to protect the young people's best interests and bring families back together when possible.

Program Benefits

  • Advocacy
  • Legal advocacy
  • Cultural connection
  • Referral to services for needs that are not met by the ICW program
  • Connection with tribal and local resources

Eligibility

The Indian Child Welfare program is non-voluntary. Program participants must be eligible or enrolled Samish citizens and have open or active cases involving state child welfare or protection. Services are provided in all 50 states. Inquire with a Samish Social Services ICW program navigator to learn more about program services and eligibility.

Indian Child Welfare Program Navigators

Social Services Director

Sarah Beach

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In the Community: Qwlhó7el Camas Bake (Whidbey Island)


The Coast Salish Youth Coalition invites Samish citizens to attend their 6th Annual Qwlhó7el Camas Bake.

Dates: 16 – 19 May, 2024

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Culture Talk: Blankets of Nobility (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Learn about the role of Coast Salish women in fostering a social economy of generosity.

Dates: 04 – 04 Jun, 2024

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Book Club: Native Seattle (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place” by Coll Thrush.

Dates: 11 – 11 Jun, 2024

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Samish Elders Virtual Summer Gathering


If you cannot attend the Annual Elders Luncheon, Samish Elders are invited to our Samish Elders Virtual Summer Gathering.

Dates: 14 – 14 Jun, 2024

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Chat & Craft (online + Anacortes)


Join us online or in-person to catch up while working on independent craft projects.

Dates: 15 – 15 Jun, 2024

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Annual Elders Luncheon


Samish Elders and intertribal Elders are invited!

Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2024

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Morning Social (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join online or gather at Fidalgo Bay Resort to chat and catch up.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Canoe Trips (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join the Samish Canoe Family for a short canoe trip in Fidalgo Bay.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Salish Sea Háwe7 (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Explore the Samish homelands by water with Island Adventures.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Smoke Signals (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join virtually or in-person for a group streaming of Smoke Signals.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Book Club: 1491 (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann.

Dates: 15 – 15 Oct, 2024

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