Provide safe, loving, stable homes to children in need while ensuring appropriate services to foster families, enabling them to meet the needs of the children in their care. Our purpose is to license homes on the Port Gamble S'Klallam reservation and in Kitsap County in order to furnish nurturing homes free from violence and substance abuse, within the tribal community.
- Provide culturally relevant foster parent training
- Foster Home Licensing
- Coordinate respite care
- Support foster parents and children
Core S’Klallam values and guiding principles for Indian Child Welfare
- Keep the child safe while allowing the parent to share whatever benefits the parent has to offer the child.
- The Tribe has zero tolerance for sex abuse: the Tribe will ensure a full, sustained response on every level, as though it is a life and death situation.
- Children belong with the Tribe; the Tribe is family.
- The community expects the parents to keep working towards being a good parent.
- Accept the fact that people are in denial (from addictions).
- Parents need help learning to be a parent.
- It is critical for ICW staff to communicate a lot with the parents, the children and the “other home”.
- Listen to the child.