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Alaska Native foster children to get federal help

By Associated Press 1:18 PM December 18, 2013

Federal officials say the partnership is a "historic moment" for tribal child welfare in the state.

FAIRBANKS –  The state is entering into an agreement with Tanana Chiefs Conference to provide federal foster care reimbursements for the first time to a tribal consortium in Alaska.

The agreement is set to be signed Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/wC03yB), Native child foster care in Alaska’s interior are managed by two systems, one through the state and one through local tribal governments.

State payments to foster families in the past were partially reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but tribal program payments were not.

The new agreement allows Tanana Chiefs Conference to receive the federal reimbursements. The TCC is a nonprofit consortium of 37 interior tribes.

Federal officials say the partnership is a “historic moment” for tribal child welfare in the state.

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