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Indian Child Welfare

Indian Child Welfare Program aims to strengthen the Oneida Tribe by preserving stability and reuniting Oneida Families through the use of cultural and traditional values.

About Us

The Indian Child Welfare Program is to strengthen the Oneida Tribe by preserving stability and reuniting Oneida Families through the use of cultural and traditional values.

About Agency

Oneida Indian Child Welfare recognizes the need to secure a stable environment for children that includes the child’s physical, mental, emotional, cultural and financial wellbeing. Oneida Indian Child Welfare recognizes that protection of the children will build stability and foster strength of the Oneida family. The responsibility to protect all aspects of the child’s environment and revitalize the dignity of Oneida families will foster building a Nation of people for the next seven generations.

Indian Child Welfare (ICW) has been established to prevent the breakup of Oneida families and prevent the removal of Oneida children from their homes. The department is responsible for child abuse and neglect case work, in cooperation with the respective county/state/private agencies. Working under the Federal guideline of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, ICW will work to ensure that out of home placement of Oneida children will be according to the placement preferences as stated in the ICWA. ICW will work to ensure that out of home placement of Oneida children will be according to the placement preferences as stated in the ICWA. ICW will follow a family throughout the case from Intake to Reunification/Permanency. ICW also works with Juvenile diversion and truancy.

Eligibility

Indian Child Welfare services are available to Oneida families with children who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment from birth to 18 years old as stated in the Indian Child Welfare Act and in accordance with Oneida Tribe’s Enrollment policy.


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How to Make a Report

Suspected Child Abuse-Neglect Report

  • If in immanent danger please call 911 or local police department.
  • Due to confidentiality the reporter will not be notified of any processes of the report. Please make child protection reports to the county in which the child resides in first as they have jurisdiction.

Brown County Child Protection Services
Office Switchboard: (920) 448-6000
Direct Line to Workers: (920) 448-6035
After Hours: (920) 448-3200 (Green Bay Police Department)
Fax: (920) 48-4443

http://www.co.brown.wi.us/departments/page_c3419191ba64/?department=dd09bd30c78e&subdepartment=80ece04f3290

Outagamie County Child Protection Services
Office: (920) 832-5161
After Hours: (920) 832-4646
Fax: (920) 832-5180

http://www.outagamie.org/index.aspx?page=490

Eligibility
Indian Child Welfare services are available to Oneida families with children who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment from birth to 18 years old as stated in the Indian Child Welfare Act and in accordance with Oneida Tribe’s Enrollment policy

Types of Abuse

Neglect:

Neglect means failure, refusal or inability on the part of the caregiver, for reasons other than poverty, to provide necessary care, food, clothing, medical or dental care or shelter so as to seriously endanger the physical health of the child.

  • Poor hygiene, odor
  • Inappropriately dressed for weather
  • Needs medical or dental care
  • Left alone, unsupervised for long periods
  • Failure to thrive, malnutrition
  • Constant hunger, begs, or steals food
  • Extreme willingness to please
  • Frequent absence from school
  • Arrives early and stays late at school or play areas or other people’s homes

Physical:

Physical injury inflicted on a child by other than accidental means.

  • Bruises, welts on face, neck, chest, back
  • Injuries in the shape of object (belt, cord)
  • Unexplained burns on palms, soles of feet, back
  • Fractures that do not fit the story of how an injury occurred
  • Delay in seeking medical help
  • Extremes in behavior: very aggressive or withdrawn and shy
  • Afraid to go home
  • Frightened of parents or fearful of other adults

Sexual:

Sexual intercourse or sexual contact

  • Pain, swelling, or itching in genital area
  • Bruises, bleeding, discharge in genital area
  • Difficulty walking or sitting, frequent urination, pain
  • Stained or bloody underclothing
  • Venereal disease
  • Refusal to take part in gym or other exercises
  • Poor peer relationships
  • Unusual interest in sex for age
  • Drastic change in school achievement
  • Runaway or delinquent behavior
  • Regressive or childlike behavior

Emotional:

Emotional damage for which the child’s parent, guardian or legal custodian has neglected, refused or been unable for reasons other than poverty to obtain the necessary treatment or to take steps to ameliorate the symptoms

  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-denigration
  • Severe depression
  • Unusual level of aggression
  • Severe anxiety
  • Extreme withdrawal
  • Failure to learn

Resources

Oneida Behavioral Health
Phone: (920) 490-3737
Fax: (920) 490-3883
https://oneida-nsn.gov/resources/health/behavioral-health/

Parenting
https://oneida-nsn.gov/education/head-start/parent-education/

WICWA (Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act)
https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/wicwa
https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/files/publications/pdf/2536.pdf

Tribe Contacts in Wisconsin:

 

FAQ

https://www.nicwa.org/what_we_do/documents/NICWA%20FAQ.pdf

-Flow Chart of Court Process
-Flow Chart of ICWA CPS

Additional/Contact Info