Tribe’s ICW now on Facebook

BY STAFF REPORTS
04/13/2012 08:49 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare has a new Facebook page, “Homes for Cherokee Kids.”

“If you have a Facebook account, go like the page and share this page with your Facebook friends,” ICW child welfare specialist Heather Baker said. “ICW is always seeking Native American foster homes for our Cherokee children.”

Baker said the page is geared towards “recruiting and educating Native Americans” who may be interested in foster care or adoption of Native children.

“ICW is exploring all options to reach Native Americans interested in foster care, as we are at an epidemic low in homes for our children in need,” she said.

She added that many of the staff member have personal Facebook accounts.

“(They have) seen first hand the vast amount of Native Americans who are ‘facebooking’ and who have interest in their culture and most importantly the well being of children,” Baker said. “We easily put two and two together, to conclude, we need a FB (Facebook) page.”

She said the goal is to reach as many “Native American brothers and sisters” as possible, educate them on what the ICW is doing and show how much of a need is out there to care for Cherokee children.

For more information, call 918-458-6900 or find ICW on Facebook.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᎨᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᏂᏲᏓ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ ᎤᏂᎭ ᎤᎧᏛᎪᏪᎵ ᎤᎦᏅᏓᏛᎢ, “ᏚᏁᏅᏒ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ.”

“ᎢᏳᏃ ᎢᏣᎭ ᎤᎧᏛᎪᏪᎵ ᏣᏴᏍᏙᏗ, ᏫᎷᏨᎢ ᎤᎦᏅᏓᏛ ᎠᎴ ᎯᏯᏙᎸᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎦᏅᏓᏛ ᏗᏣᎵᎢ,” ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ ᎤᏅᏔᏂ Heather Baker ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ ᏚᏂᏲᎰ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᏂᏯᏅᏗ ᏚᏁᏅᏒ ᏧᏂᏁᏗᎢ.”

Baker ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎦᏅᏓᏛ ᎠᏎᎸ ᏭᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ “ᏧᏂᏯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏁᏲᏅᏗ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎭ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ” ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏯᏅᏗ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ Ꮧ.ᏲᏟ.

“ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎢᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏛᎪᏙᏗ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎢᏳᏅᎾ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏂᏯᏂᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᎦᏎᏍᏛ, ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏂ ᏱᏓᏂᏯᏂᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᏚᎵᏗ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᎾ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎤᏛᏛᏅ ᎩᎶ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏱᏚᏂᎾ ᎤᎧᏛᎪᏪᎵ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏙᏗ.

“ᎤᏂᎪᎭ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏂᎪᏛ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ‘ᎤᎧᏛᎪᏪᎵ’ ᏓᎾᏟᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏍᎬᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏭᎪᏛ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏄᏅᏅ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎨᏥᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker. “ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᎣᎦᏕᎶᎰᏒ, ᏯᏛᏗ, ᎢᎩᏂᎬᎬ FB (ᎤᎧᏛᎪᏪᎵ) ᎤᎦᏅᏓᏛᎢ.”

ᎤᏛᏅ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏚᏄᎪᏛ ᏧᎾᏛᎪᏙᏗ ᏭᏂᎪᏛ ᎾᎿ “ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᏗᎾᏓᏅᏟ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏓᎸᎢ” ᏧᏁᏲᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ ᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏚᎵᏓ ᏄᎾᏛᏅ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ.

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