With numerous shelter-in-place orders in effect to promote social distancing during the pandemic, and increased dependency of older adults on others, the pandemic heightens the potential for elder abuse.
FireLodge Children & Family Services advocates for and protects children and vulnerable adults who are at risk of being abused or neglected. Social services and child welfare programs do not stop services, even amidst a global pandemic.
In 2020, the Tribe laid the groundwork for a growing staff and set of resources specifically devoted to the investigation of elder abuse and welfare. The CPN program is amongst the first of its kind for a tribe in the U.S.
This episode introduces a CPN member who owns her own Native American architecture company, outlines the Nation’s new Adult Protective Services department and discusses home genealogical DNA testing kits that became popular in the last decade.
While Citizen Potawatomi cultural traditions center on reverence for one’s ancestors and elders, the issue of elder abuse is present at the Tribal level. If a Tribal adult is unable to make decisions concerning their health and welfare, CPN Adult Protective Services seeks out family members to serve as a guardian.