Tribal Outreach

Tribal Outreach

Georgia has no federally recognized tribes, but does have three state recognized tribes.  In addition, federally recognized tribes are in all the Border States around Georgia, and members of federally recognized tribes are found in many areas of the state.  Children who are either members of or eligible for membership in federally recognized tribes fall under the jurisdiction of the Indian Child Welfare Act, and specialized knowledge in this area is an ongoing need for practitioners and stakeholders.  J4C contracts with part-time Juvenile Court Judge Lisa Mantz to provide training and technical assistance for tribal issues. 

In 2015, after seeking specialized expertise from the National Resource Center on ICWA improvements in 2014, DFCS (with Georgia CIP support) hosted a meeting with stakeholders and the state recognized tribes of Georgia to continue to establish a relationship and determine how the entities can better coordinate efforts for Indian children and their families.  A follow up meeting was held in May 2015 on the grounds of one of the tribes.  J4C has also sponsored trainings on the Indian Child Welfare Act during its attorney and stakeholder trainings.