Page 8 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - March, 2017
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Free legal Chehalis tribal families met to give
services their input on the Healthy Families
available Project on Feb. 22.
to students
Building strong, happy families
Contributed by
Northwest Justice Project Parents find support Cassie
to nurture children Morley
Are you facing an issue (left) and
in school? Do you need help Contributed by Christibeth Klatush MORE INFORMATION Wendy
with your attendance or The South Puget Intertribal Gephart
performance? We can help! Contact Healthy Families with the
Planning Agency’s Healthy Project Home Visitor South
The Native American Families Program brought Christibeth Klatush at the Puget
Unit at Northwest Justice people together on Feb. 22 to Chehalis Tribal Education Intertribal
Project provides free civil receive input and determine Department, 360-709-1627 Planning
(non-criminal) legal services future goals. or Agency
to Native American/Alaska discussed
Native students and their Close to 50 community of families. Trainings and the
families in Washington. families learned about the home visits help people grow program.
success of the program in together. Strong families build n Support and assistance
Cina Littlebird at the the Gathering Room of the a healthy community! in accessing prenatal care for
Native American Unit is Community Center. pregnant women.
available to provide advice The Healthy Families n Developmental guidance
and representation in civil After a blessing of the Project provides the and parent-child interaction
legal matters that can food by Christina Hicks, following services: support.
impact the student’s school participants enjoyed a meal n Provision of home visits
attendance or performance. together. SPIPA administrators n Parenting skill for prenatal through age 5.
Cina can work with you on: Cassie Morley and Wendy development through n Developmental and
Gephart gave a presentation positive native observational screening
n Education matters such and gathered information for parenting practices of the child, caregiver and
as expulsion, suspension improvements. and resources. family, including home safety,
and truancy; discriminatory developmental concerns,
discipline; special education The program was scheduled pre/postnatal depression in
and learning disabilities; to last only five years. Because mothers, domestic violence
parents’ rights it was so successful assisting and family social support.
families throughout the five n Referrals and linkages
n Emancipation tribes plus a few extras around to other health,
n Foster and homeless the Puget Sound, funding has developmental, mental
student issues been accepted for five more health, community
n Health matters years. and educational
including denial of health supports for the child,
care services or obtaining Each funding cycle, caregiver and family as
mental health services community input is an appropriate.
n Housing problems such important step to add services
as evictions, discrimination and resources to the program.
or deposit issues It is built to the needs of young
n Public benefits matters families and provides essential
including applying for, services to improve the health
denial of or reduction of
public benefits


To find out whether the
Native American Unit
can help you, contact
Cina Littlebird at cina. or
206-464-1519, ext. 0919.
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