National Child Welfare Association

Meet the Director

Terry L. Cross, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Terry L. Cross, MSW, ACSW, LCSW (Seneca Nation of Indians)

Terry Cross is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is the developer, founder, and executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He is the author of Heritage and Helping, an 11-manual curriculum for tribal child welfare staff. He is also the author of the Positive Indian Parenting curriculum, as well as Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare. He co-authored Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care and Reclaiming Customary Adoption. In 2008, Terry became a member of the SAMHSA National Advisory Council.

In 2009, Terry received the Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-Based Research from Portland State University. In 2010, he was a finalist for the EcoTrust Indigenous Leadership Award. In June 2011, Terry received the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps’ “Embracing the Legacy” award at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

Terry has four decades of experience in child welfare, including 10 years working directly with children and families. He served on the faculty of Portland State University School of Social Work as adjunct professor for 15 years.

Contact the Director

Terry L. Cross
(503) 222-4044, ext. 112