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Division of Human Services

Mission Statement

To promote the safety, financial security and social health of Indian communities and individual Indian people.


Under the mission area of Serving Communities, the Human Services Program supports the Department’s Strategic Goal to Advance Quality Communities for Tribes and Alaska Natives by improving welfare systems for Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. Human Services consists of direct funding and activities related to social services, welfare assistance, Indian child welfare, and program oversight. The objective of this activity is to improve the quality of life for individual Indians that live on or near Indian reservations and to protect the children, elderly and disabled from abuse and neglect. The activity also provides child abuse and neglect services and protective services to Individual Indian Monies (IIM) supervised account holders who are minors, adults in need of assistance, adults under legal disability, and adults found to be non compos mentis.

The Social Services program supports Bureau Agency staff and over 900 tribal staff that have been hired by contracting tribes to run their programs. These staff provide counseling services to local on-reservation eligible Indians as well as coordinate all Human Services activities at the Tribe and Agency level. The social workers work with tribal courts, state courts, and Indian families for the placement and adoption of Indian children in Indian homes. The social workers serve as the contact point for numerous social service agencies that are responsible for child protection, placement, and adoption of Indian children.

This program also supports the Department’s Strategic Goal to Fulfill Indian Fiduciary Trust Responsibilities by providing for the management of IIM accounts for minors, adults in need of assistance, adults under legal disability, and adults found to be non compos mentis. The staff works with families and guardians in the development of distribution plans, and completes assessments and evaluations in support of these plans. The outcome of these actions results in accurate payments from trust accounts. Staff monitor the distribution plans to ensure that expenditure of funds are made in accordance with the plans and that appropriate supportive documents are maintained in the case files.

Current Events & News 

Children's Monitor - July 23, 2014 This bill would ensure that families who adopt children designated as "special needs" in tribal court are eligible for the same flat adoption tax credit as families who adopt children who are designated as "special needs" in state courts.Letter of support to Extend Adoption Tax Credit to Tribal Children.