Minneapolis American Indian Center Family Services
The Family Services Program includes, Indigenous Women’s Life Net, Indian Child Welfare, Family Stability and Bright Beginnings.
Please contact Laura Newton, Program Director for any questions or if you are not sure who to call at
Indigenous Women’s Life Net
For assistance with domestic violence or sexual assault contact the Indigenous Women’s Life Net (IWLN). Indigenous Women’s Life Net can help you connect to resources for shelter if you are have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault, as well as provide cultural resources and teachings and assistance with basic emergency needs.
Rachel LaRose, Case Manager
Main Line: (612) 879-1746
Work Cell: (763) 290-2353
Rebecca Jackson, Case Manager
Main Line: (612) 879-1736
Work Cell: (763) 290-2620
Indian Child Welfare Program (ICWA)
ICWA began in 1978 and was designed to assist families involved in the child protection system or families at-risk for involvement. The program evolved to a system of services for American Indian families in the Twin Cities. MAIC’s program specializes in working with families who are enrolled in tribes — or eligible for enrollment — outside of Minnesota.
The Indian Child Welfare Program can assist you in answering questions regarding ICWA cases, making referrals for needed resources or getting you in contact with providers who can assist you on your case. Our Tribal Liaisons work primarily with tribal members who are enrolled or eligible in out of state tribes we are happy to connect anyone to need resources. Tribal Liaisons continue to attend hearings remotely by Zoom or phone.
The Tribal Liaison program works with American Indian tribes from out-of-state whose tribal members are involved in the child welfare and court systems. Under ICWA, the tribe(s) with whom the American Indian child is affiliated have a role in the proceedings; this includes providing recommendations on placements, assistance in finding relatives and others who might serve as resources for placement as well as other needs. Since it is difficult for tribes who are located outside of Minnesota to travel to the Twin Cities to appear at hearings for their families, the Tribal Liaison program fills this critical gap.
With authorization from the tribe, MAIC’s tribal liaisons appear in court to help convey the tribe’s perspective and preferences and communicate what is going on with the tribe and family. MAIC has standing authorizations from over a dozen tribes that have significant populations of their members living in the Twin Cities, and MAIC regularly receives case-specific authorizations from dozens of other tribes annually. Without this assistance, the tribes would not be able to participate in these court proceedings.
For Tribal Liaison services/Court Advocacy
Kelly Morgan, Tribal Liason
Main Line: (612) 879-1742
Work Cell: (612) 419-1244
Kelly works specifically on the with the following tribes on metro area cases: Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Hannaville Indian Community, Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa, Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe, Iowa Tribe of KS, Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes.
Mikayla Maxwell, Tribal Liaison
Main Line: (612) 879-1724
Work Cell: (612) 554-2359
Mikayla works specifically with the following tribes on metro area cases: Oglala Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Northern Cheyenne, Blackfeet Nation, Yankton Sioux Tribe, Cherokee Nation (provides some assistance), other tribes as assigned.
ICWA Case Management
The ICWA Case Management program promotes and supports reunification among American Indian families entering the child protection system by providing intensive case management and coordination of resource services. The ICWA Case Manager works directly with American Indian families that are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in a tribe outside the state of Minnesota. Families that are from in-state tribes are referred to a partner organization that provides case management.
Attend court hearings and provide assistance to the family to understand the court proceedings
Coordinate and collaborate with Hennepin and Ramsey Counties and make recommendations for a realistic, culturally-specific case plan
Provide supports for the the family to engage in their case plan, working toward family stability or a permanent plan for reunification
ICWA training and can be contacted by email at this time. He is currently monitoring hearings by phone and Zoom.
ICWA Case Management Staff
Charlene Day-Castro, ICWA Case Manager
Main Line: (612) 879-1786
Work Cell: (612) 710-5798
If you have questions regarding court monitoring or training.
Keegan Flaharty, ICWA Court Monitor
For up to date information regarding the Juvenile Court please refer to the following website:
For Hennepin County Court Juvenile Court call (612)348-6000
For Ramsey County Juvenile Court call (651) 266-8266
The Bright Beginnings program is designed to assist American Indian women who are and/or have the following:
Pregnant or recently delivered a child
History of substance abuse
Previous experience with the child protection system, at-risk for involvement with the child protection system, or seek to reunify if their children are in placement
Provide intensive case management and support to women who are pregnant or recently delivered (up to 18 months)
Help women connect with substance abuse treatment and aftercare support services to achieve and maintain their sobriety
Help women identify and heal from historical trauma by reconnecting with their culture through ceremonies, teachings, activities and the support of elders
Help women and their children connect with other services and resources to keep their child/children safe, healthy and in a stable environment
Offer weekly support groups, cultural activities and home visits
Provide transportation to clinic appointments
Bright Beginnings Staff
Charlene Day-Castro, ICWA Case Manager/Coordinator
Main Line: (612) 879-1786
Work Cell: (612) 710-5798
Jessy Beaulieu, ICWA Case Manager
Main Line: (612) 879-1705
Work Cell: (612) 616-2352
Indian Family Stability
The Indian Family Stability (IFS) program is aimed at families who are at-risk for involvement with the child protection system (based upon a lack of access to resources, information or skills). IFS provides case management to help the family connect with needed resources or services, support and guidance in parenting, and advocacy in working with other providers.
Provide case management for up to six months to help families get stabilized
Referrals and assistance with finding housing and other resources as needed
Support, guidance and advocacy in working with other providers
Family Stability Staff
Renay Tolbert, Case Manager
Main Line: (612) 879-1735
Work Cell: (612) 364-0162