NICWA Champion for Native Children Award

The nomination period is currently open! Nominations are due by January 7, 2021.

Do you know of an incredible leader, social worker, case manager or foster parent in your community who is doing awesome work for our children in the foster care system?

If so, nominate them for NICWA’s highest honor, the Champion for Native Children Award. This annual award honors an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the well-being of Indigenous children, families, and communities in the United States or Canada.

Awardee will be honored at NICWA’s 39th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference on Child Abuse on April 11-14, 2021.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominees should be an individual or organization that has been an exceptional or emerging leader, social worker, case manager, or foster parent who has made significant contributions to the well-being of Indigenous children, families, and communities in the United States or Canada. Such contributions may consist of:

  • Demonstrated excellence, creativity, and leadership affecting positive change in tribal child welfare, children’s mental health, or juvenile justice in tribal communities;
  • Advocacy for tribal children, families, and communities;
  • Development and/or promotion of programs and policies that support tribes, children, and families;
  • Work for development of policy designed to protect Native children, enhance the well-being of Native children, or to strengthen the Indian Child Welfare Act;
  • Work to obtain funding necessary to implement programs and policies supporting Indigenous children and families; or
  • A significant body of work that spans several years up to lifelong service to promoting the well-being of Indigenous children and families and strengthening tribal sovereignty.

How to Nominate:

Please fill out the 2021 Champion for Native Children Application and email to april@nicwa.org or mail to:

NICWA
Attn: April Black- Champion for Native Children Selection Committee
5100 S Macadam Avenue
Suite 300
Portland, OR 97239