The NEC Family Services Department strives to promote stability, security and wellness of member families.
The Family Services Department derives its authority through the NEC Tribal Council, NEC Tribal Court, NEC Children’s Codes, and through the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
The Department provides confidential advocacy and intervention services on behalf of member children who are in danger of being taken into protective custody by the State of Alaska, or who have already entered protective custody. Family Services also advocates on behalf of immediate and extended member families who are impacted when Protective Services Reports are received by the Alaska Office of Children’s Services, and provides traditional approaches to case planning, family support and preservation.
Program focuses include coordinated service delivery aimed at bettering the lives and health of children and families through:
Prevention, intervention and post-vention measures
Investigative support in all member related OCS cases
Consultation concerning initial risk assessment and crisis management
Safety and case planning
Relative and Foster Care recruitment, support and retention
Indian Custodian and Cultural Adoption Assistance
Community awareness, education and training services
Legislative Advocacy and Education
For member convenience the NEC Family Services Department staffs two offices. Located in Nome and Anchorage these offices provide full-time staff trained to provide high level, professional case management and social services support.
For more information regarding family support and services available through NEC’s Family Services Department please direct your call or e-mail to the office location nearest you.
Vacant, ICWA Specialist
Lola Stepetin, NEC Family Services Director
Glenda Gologergen, ICWA Specialist