Tribes to have more say over children's welfare

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) The State of Alaska and tribal organizations have reached agreement on a deal that allows tribes more input and authority over many issues affecting their children.

    The agreement was announced Thursday at the annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives in Anchorage.  Currently a majority of native children in foster care are housed in non native homes.  This contract will give a tribe the ability to have input and decide what kind of services its community can provide these children before they are moved away from villages.

    Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson said tribes can assist with home visits, and even secure licenses for foster homes.

    The two sides negotiated for close to eight months the specifics of the deal.


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