NativeVillage of Barrow (NVB) has exclusive Jurisdiction over Indian Children Welfare Act(ICWA) cases in Barrow.
When Children are taken into state or tribal custody, the NVB Social Services Department works with families to build a safe and stable environment for children and help keep children in their own home whenever possible.
The Department has an obligation to the Inupiat people as a whole, and seeks to protect children as the tribe's most important resource.
When reunification with their own parents is not possible because parents fail to provide a safe environment, the NVB Social Services Department works to ensure that children stay within their extended families or the Barrow Tribe.
A child's cultural and extended family connections are vital to maintain.
NativeVillage of Barrow (NVB) Memorandum of Agreement with the State of Alaska, Office of Children's Services (OCS) allows NVB Social Services to investigate reports of harm on NVB children in Barrow Alaska.