Meskwaki Family Services
Our mission is to empower children and their families to achieve and maintain a state of well-being while upholding the cultural values of the Tribe and the laws that govern the Tribal community.
What We Do
It is our goal to strengthen families of the Meskwaki Indian Settlement by promoting healthy family functioning in an atmosphere of self-determination and traditional cultural values. Helping people connect with their extended family, community agencies, and resources in a positive way to create a network of support. Individual, Family, and Group counseling are available to help families solve the situations and issues they may face in today’s world.
Child Care Assistance Program
- The program is designed specifically to help eligible Native Americans pay for childcare
- The program is available for children whose parents are working, attending a school/education program, or attending an approved outpatient substance abuse program
- This voucher program is available annually (October through September)
- Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis
- Your child is eligible if you and your spouse are working, attending school/education program, or attending an approved outpatient substance abuse program
How to Apply
- Applications are available at Meskwaki Family Services. Applications may also be mailed or emailed out upon request.
Indian Child Welfare Services
- Advocacy and Skill Building – Help for Native American families who are involved in Child Protective Cases or are at risk for involvement.
- Family Team Meetings – Helping families keep children from out of home placement by bringing key family members together to develop a plan for their future.
- Protective Payee Programming – Assisting at-risk families with budgeting of monthly bills and ensuring that the immediate needs of their children are met first and foremost.
- Child Care Programming – Providing a Child Care Voucher program that assists with the expense of daycare for working parents and/or parents attending educational programs.
- Community Resource Referrals – Information referral assistance to a variety of on settlement and larger community agencies.
Protective Payee Program
Assisting eligible at-risk families with budgeting monthly bills and ensuring that the immediate needs of their children are met first and foremost.
- Assist you in developing and/or maintaining money management skills
- Provide personal financial assessments
- Help with goal setting
- Assist with record keeping strategies
- Help you develop spending plans (budgeting)
- Help you understand your credit and your credit reports
- Develop debt management plans
- Bill payments – We can oversee the payment of (and staying current with) your monthly living expenses.
The protective payee can direct individuals or families in need of social services to the appropriate agency.
- Meskwaki Family Services also provides payee services for individuals receiving Social Security benefits. This service may be entered on a voluntary basis.
- The Social Security Payee Service provides the same services as the Protective Payee Program.
RISE – Resources for Indigenous Survivors & Empowerment
Previously known as Meskwaki Victim Services, RISE (Resources for Indigenous Survivors and Empowerment) serves all of Iowa and seeks to promote a systemic response that holds offenders accountable and fosters a community sensitive to the needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. This will be accomplished through the collaborative and coordinated multidisciplinary response of the agencies and organizations that work with Native American domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their families.
RISE exists to increase positive outcomes for Native women, children, and their families who are victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and provide outreach/prevention services for the community. In addition to serving women and children, we also proudly work with men, people who cause harm, vulnerable adults, the elderly, and LGBTQIA.
- Direct Intervention Assistance
Family Services Program Staff
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Indian Child Welfare Services Resources
- ICWA Designated Representatives – 2012 Federal Register
- Tribal Court Clearing House
- Working with Native American Children and Families – Child Welfare Information Gateway Website
- Working with Tribes Web Based Course for Government Employees
- Iowa Department of Human Services Policy Manual
- National Indian Child Welfare Association
- Native American Rights Fund – ICWA Practice Guide cites updated case law, index by topic, up to date resource.
- Ayazuta Tribal Contact Database – up to date, easy to use Tribal Contacts database updated twice a year.
- Ancestry Database
Contact the Meskwaki Nation
Get in touch with our main office if you have general questions or need assistance finding the correct department to contact.