Tribal STAR (Successful Transition for Adult Readiness)

Scientific Rating:

(provisional rating)

Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:

(provisional rating)

See descriptions of 3 levels

Provisional Rating

Tribal STAR (Successful Transition for Adult Readiness) currently has a provisional rating for the 60 days between: October 23, 2017 and December 22, 2017. If you would like to respond to the Scientific Rating, please submit feedback via the Contact Us page.

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Tribal STAR (Successful Transition for Adult Readiness) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Child Welfare Workforce Development and Support Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: State child welfare social workers and agencies serving Native American youth in child welfare, Native American children and families, and tribes

Brief Description

Tribal STAR is a training and technical assistance program that assists child welfare agencies and Native communities to improve outcomes for Native American youth in child welfare. Tribal STAR is designed to help create positive outcomes for Native American youth and families through a partnership that includes county/state child welfare, tribes, tribal social services, Native American urban services, courts, community partners, and families. This collaborative model is the main cornerstone for all training and technical assistance efforts.

Tribal STAR needs a Program Manager, Training & Curriculum Coordinator, Program Assistant, and Communication Specialist.

Program Goals:

The goals of Tribal STAR (Successful Transition for Adult Readiness) are:

  • Train state child welfare social workers on ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) and topics related to culturally responsive engagement to improve outcomes for Native American children in child welfare
  • Enhance collaborative efforts among child welfare agencies and tribes to ensure Native foster youth maintain connections to culture, community, and resources
  • Strengthen collaboration between state and county child welfare services, courts, community partners, tribal service agencies and tribes to achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for Native American youth in child welfare

Essential Components

The essential components of Tribal STAR (Successful Transition for Adult Readiness) include:

  • Operates with defined values and ideals centered around three principles:
    • Collaboration
    • Cultural immersion
    • Mediation
  • Training:
    • ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes - full-day classroom, includes 60-90 minute eLearning ICWA Introduction
    • The Other Side of ICWA: A Cultural Journey to Fairness and Equity - full-day classroom
    • Summit for Managers and Supervisors - full-day training on cross cultural collaboration to foster positive outcomes for Native American youth in child welfare
    • The Gathering for frontline workers - 2-day training focusing on engagement, youth development, and cross-cultural collaboration that fosters positive outcomes for Native American youth in child welfare
    • Training for Trainers (T4T) - 3-day T4T to learn Tribal STAR training techniques and apply them to the statewide ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes
  • Regional Efforts to effect ICWA compliance and positive outcomes for Native American youth and families:
    • 7th Generation Workgroup to Reduce Disproportionality- Quarterly meetings of stakeholders including:
      • Tribes
      • Child welfare agencies
      • Youth services
      • Courts
      • Native American urban programs
      • Native American families
      • Tribal leaders
    • Annual Celebration: Held every autumn equinox to honor ICWA champions in county child welfare, tribal social services, Native American families, and stakeholders who exhibited or set the curve for best practice that results in improved outcomes for Native American children and families
    • Educational Forums: Promote best practice related to collaboration, ICWA implementation, and/or promising practices
      • 2-3 hours
      • Open to any child welfare service providers of Native American children and families
  • Judicial Collaboration to effect ICWA compliance and court improvement (currently led by Casey Family Programs):
    • Guided by a Judicial Advisory of experienced state court and tribal court judges.
    • Organizes Judge’s Tours of local area reservations for newly appointed juvenile court judges
    • Annual Judges’ Dinner - always held near summer solstice to honor ICWA champions in state and tribal court efforts and promote best practice for ICWA implementation
  • Technical Assistance:
    • Supporting local, statewide, regional efforts to improve ICWA compliance through collaboration
    • Supporting statewide efforts to improve and increase capacity for ICWA implementation through training, peer-to-peer visits, phone, virtual consultation

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community Agency
  • Training facility
  • Tribal community center


This program does not include a homework component.


Tribal STAR (Successful Transition for Adult Readiness) does not have materials available in a language other than English.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

Training space, trainers, training equipment, printed materials, Tribal Elders, individuals knowledgeable in engagement with tribes, child welfare policy, and mediation.

Minimum Provider Qualifications

High School diploma plus a minimum of 5 years working with Native communities, a minimum of 3 years of progressive experience building collaboration, and a solid knowledge base of child welfare practices and/or experience

Education and Training Resources

There is not a manual that describes how to implement this program; but there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

An official request is made and coordination with the requestor determines resources, location, and logistics planning.

Number of days/hours:

An estimated comprehensive training about the Tribal STAR program will take 6.5 full days. This includes:

  • Tribal STAR T4T - 3 full days, 8 hours each
  • Review of program model, essential collaborations, formal partnerships, and funding and staffing requirements – 1 full day
  • Participation in at least one 7th Generation meeting - 1 half day
  • Participation in the program’s signature events:
  • Annual Celebration, honoring best practices - 1 full day
  • Annual Judges’ Dinner, honoring best court practices - 1 full day

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Tribal STAR (Successful Transition for Adult Readiness).


Agosti, J. (2011). California disproportionality project breakthrough series collaborative final report. Sacramento, CA: Child and Family Policy Institute of California.

Deserly, K., & Lidot, T. (2015). American Indian/Alaska Native children & families. In R. Fong, A. Dettlaff, J. James, & C. Rodriguez (Eds.), Addressing disproportionality and disparities in human services: Multi-systemic approaches (pp. 139-166). New York, Columbia University Press.

Lidot, T., Orrantia, R-M., & Choca, M. (2012). Continuum of readiness for collaboration, ICWA compliance, and reducing disproportionality. Child Welfare, 91(3), 65-87.

Contact Information

Name: Tom Lidot
Agency/Affiliation: Tribal STAR Program Manager
Phone: (760) 774-4782

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2017