Full Name
Terry Cross
Job Title
Founder and Senior Advisor of NICWA
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Speaker Bio
Terry L. Cross, (Ha-ne-ga-noh), MSW, ACSW, LCWS, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians (Bear Clan), is the founder and, now Senior Advisory to the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He received an honorary Doctorate from Portland State University in 2015.

He has published more than 60 professional papers, curricula, articles, chapters, and books, including Positive Indian Parenting, Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare, Customary Adoption for American Indian and Alaskan Native Children, and “Toward a Culturally Competent System of Care.” For the past five years, he has been part of a team of authors creating an online “Adoption Competency Mental Health Training” and recently provided consultation to Sesame Street on foster care. He has 46 years of experience in child welfare. He has organized culturally specific services, training curricula, and technical assistance programs, and has developed culturally based models for social work practice, research, and leadership development.
Terry Cross