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Children and Youth in Tribal Communities: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

A Guide for Parents and Caregivers 

These materials were created specifically for children and youth in Tribal communities by Native authors and illustrators and are tailored to the needs of young children (ages 2 to 6), school-age children (ages 7 to 12), and teens (ages 13 to 18) who have been the victim and/or witness to a crime and are interacting with Tribal, state, and/or...

Children and Youth in Tribal Communities: A Guide for Practitioners

A Guide for Practitioners

These materials were created specifically for children and youth in Tribal communities by Native authors and illustrators and are tailored to the needs of young children (ages 2 to 6), school-age children (ages 7 to 12), and teens (ages 13 to 18) who have been the victim and/or witness to a crime and are interacting with Tribal, state, and/or federal justice...

Children and Youth in Tribal Communities: Practitioner and Parent/Caregiver Guides

Practitioner and Parent/Caregiver Guides

These materials were created specifically for children and youth in Tribal communities by Native authors and illustrators and are tailored to the needs of young children (ages 2 to 6), school-age children (ages 7 to 12), and teens (ages 13 to 18) who have been the victim and/or witness to a crime and are interacting with Tribal, state, and/or federal justice...

Marvelous Mitch: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Marvelous Mitch and describes the jobs of the different grownups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

The book also addresses rights in the criminal legal system.

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Marvelous Mitch | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Marvelous Mitch follows the story of a school-age kid who is a witness in a criminal court case and goes to federal court.

She meets with new adults, like a victim advocate, who ask her questions, teach her how the legal system works, and help her feel better.

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Edgar’s Journey: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Edgar’s Journey and describes the jobs of the different grownups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

The book also addresses rights in the child welfare system.

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Edgar’s Journey | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Edgar’s Journey tells the story of a school-age child named Edgar, who has to go to the state courthouse with his grandpa to talk about what is happening in his family.

He meets some new adults, goes to new places, and learns about asking for help and things he can do to feel better.

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Marvis & Rockee: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Marvis & Rockee and describes the jobs of the different grownups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

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Marvis & Rockee | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Marvis & Rockee tells the story of a little boy named Marvis who is a witness in a criminal court case.

He and his toy coyote, Rockee, meet with different grown-ups, like advocates and attorneys, who ask him questions about what happened, and share techniques with him to help him cope with how he’s feeling...

Aiyana’s Journey: Rights & Roles Book | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

This booklet accompanies Aiyana’s Journey and describes the jobs of the different grownups the reader might meet.

The grownups may be from the reader’s Tribe or a different Tribe, or may work for the local, state, or Federal Government.

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Aiyana’s Journey | Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials

Summary

Aiyana’s Journey tells the story of what happens to a little girl named Aiyana after social workers visit her home on the reservation because her mom needs help taking care of her.

She meets some new grownups, goes to some new places, and learns about things she can do to feel better. Throughout the story, Aiyana...

Children and Youth in Tribal Communities

Resources for Use With Children and Youth in Tribal Communities

Children and youth in Tribal communities who are victims and witnesses encounter unique challenges while navigating the justice system. Jurisdictional conflicts and variation in Tribal justice system structure and processes can be confusing and overwhelming for child victims and witnesses and their families.

Many child victims and witnesses have endured multiple forms of violence and victimization over...

About

About

Children are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and are widely held as needing greater care and protection. However, despite this, children are frequently victims of or witnesses to violence, abuse, and other crimes, including domestic violence, community violence, physical assault, sexual assault, commercial sexual exploitation, and child maltreatment.

Resulting from these high rates of exposure to violence, crime, and abuse...

Maya's Homes

Summary

Maya’s Homes—a companion piece to Brave Maya—tells the story of what happens to Maya after she is removed from her home and placed with another caregiver, her auntie.

To illustrate common occurrences in cases of child removal, the story follows Maya as she has questions about and adjusts to life in her new home; regularly...

Who Is Everybody? In Criminal Court

Summary

Who Is Everybody? In Criminal Court is a brief guide in the I Am Malik series that explains the different roles of people that a child may interact with or hear about throughout their criminal case and in criminal court. It includes practical tips for preparing for court and information on some rights to which children are entitled.

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Practitioner and Parent/Caregiver Guides

Practitioner and Parent/Caregiver Guides

These materials were specifically designed to appeal to children of different age groups (ages 2–6, ages 7–12, and ages 13–18). However, you can use whichever set of materials seems most appropriate, given the child’s stage of development.

For each age group, there are materials about the criminal justice system and the child welfare system.

The goal of these materials is to provide...

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

The Center for Court Innovation’s Child Witness Materials Project is a collaborative effort between the Center for Court InnovationCenter for Urban Pedagogy, and Alternate History Comics and is supported by cooperative agreements #2016-VF-GX-K011 and #2018-V3-GX-K069, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these...

What Is Your Job? In Family or Dependency Court

Summary

What Is Your Job? In Family or Dependency Court is a picture book in the Brave Maya series that explains the different roles of people that a child may interact with or hear about throughout their child welfare cases and in family or dependency court. It includes information on the role of the child in court and...

Who Is Everybody? In Family or Dependency Court

Summary

Who Is Everybody? In Family or Dependency Court is a brief guide in the I Am Isabella series that explains the different roles of people that a child may hear of or interact with throughout their child welfare case and in family or dependency court.

It includes practical tips for preparing for court and information on some...