Minority Youth and Family Initiative for American Indian/Alaskan Native Children (MYFI)

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About This Program

Target Population: American Indian and Alaskan Native children and families

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Through culturally competent practice approaches consistent with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the utilization of American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) staff, flexible support funds, and community resources, MYFI decreases entry of AI/AN children into the child welfare system and increases reunification with their family of origin, transfer to tribal jurisdiction, and/or placement within relative or tribal networks.


Program Goals:

The goals for Minority Youth and Family Initiative for American Indian/Alaskan Native Children (MYFI) are:

  • Decrease proportion of AI/AN children in child welfare system
  • Increase relative or Tribal placements for child welfare involved AI/AN children
  • Increase transfer to Tribal jurisdiction for child welfare involved AI/AN children

Contact Information

Julia Kleinschmit, MSW
Agency/Affiliation: University of Iowa and Iowa Dept. of Human Services
Email:
Phone: (402) 254-2122 or (402) 841-4919

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: December 2011

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2011