Where American Indian Families Thrive!
2016 Highlights and Outcomes
"The Family Center is a warm, safe, healing place of support. The programs and staff have seen our family through crises, instability, and change for a better life. Learning of our native heritage and sacred ways has strengthened us along the way. Deep gratitude! We have been blessed!" -- A community member served by AIFC
Healing Generations: In 2016, AIFC’s mental health services added “Telehealth” capabilities. We are currently piloting supervision via telehealth and will be implementing psychiatric telemedicine in 2018. Also in 2016, AIFC added an additional high school to the school based therapy program which is now serving three Saint Paul Public Schools with culturally-specific mental health services. In 2016, the program served 93 youth, 88 adults and a total of 1,894 sessions.
Soogizin Dodem: In 2016, Soogizin Dodem continued to “Strengthen Families” through a trauma-informed psychoeducation group serving 13 families in 2016.
Dreamcatchers: Dreamcatchers continues to provide children with a therapeutic outlet to discuss trauma and teach culturally-specific and age-specific lessons. This program served 16 youth between the ages of 7-12 in 2016.
Women’s Program: In 2016, Women’s Program implemented the Positive Indian Parenting curriculum and education. The curriculum involves using cultural teachings and practices as parenting tools. Program participants also made Baby Moccasins and blankets. The women’s Program served 41 women and 67 children in 2016.
Chemical Dependency Program: Continues to implement tradition parenting methods into a support program for women who are recovering. In 2016, CD program lead received certification through the Positive Indian Parenting and the Aboriginal Focus-Oriented Therapy programs and began implementation into participant one-on-ones and weekly groups. In 2016, the CD program served 25 women.
Men’s Group: A few 2016 highlights include participating in a Fall softball league, a Winter Basketball league and attending three language and cultural camps around birch bark basket making. The men’s group served 77 total participants including 28 new participants in 2016.
MFIP: In 2016, 225 individuals were served through employment and family stabilization programs.
FASTX Beading Group: new program! AIFC began a beading group the Ramsey County FASTX program. This group is designed to allow community members with a space to come together and share with one another struggles and resources. This group meets weekly and uses their time together to provide support and while doing so create traditional pieces of art such as dreamcatchers, beaded loom bracelets, earring, moccasins and medicine pouches. This group is currently serving 11 females and 1 male.
Caŋ/Mitig Early Learning Family Support Program: In 2016, the Pre-Kindergarten Readiness team served 65 youth and 73 parents. They continue to engage parents in the community through home-visits and culturally-specific community events such as language learning tables, talking circles and powwows.
Parent Mentor program: new program! In 2016, AIFC was honored to offer the community a program that serves families with children between the ages of 1 to 5 years. This program focuses on resiliency factors and strength-based functionality to enable parents to become their children’s greatest teachers. In addition to culturally-specific parent education, the group also provides a training program for individuals who wish to take on a leadership role in the by becoming a “Parent Mentor!” In its first year, the “Bimaadiziwin Mikana (The Path of Life)” Parent Mentor program served 15 mothers, 4 fathers and 24 children.