Tribal Social Services Department

P.O. Box 615
Tuolumne, CA. 95379

Candice Huffer, Admin. Assistant
Office (209) 928-5300

Tribal Vision Statement

The Tuolumne Band of Me Wuk Indians Is A Sovereign Nation That Is Dedicated To Uphold Social And Economic Stability Through Self Reliance And To Promote The Health, Safety And Welfare Of Our Indian People.

Provide Emotional Support Through Confidential Communications

  • Counseling
  • Substance Abuse
  • Family Peer Counseling
  • Indian Child Welfare Program
  • Anger Management – Youth & Adult
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence

Mediate with Child Welfare Services

  • Court Advocacy
  • Information & Referral
  • Family Reunification
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Development of Formal & Informal Case Plans
  • Native Child Foster Placement

Social Services Department Mission Statement

The Mission of the Social Services Department is to Assist the Community of the Tuolumne Band of Me Wuk Indians and Native American families.

MeWuk Social Services Group
Diana Carpenter, Frank Canizales
Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program

If you would like information on the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, please click here.

Facilitate Legal and Social Services Delivery To The Tribal Community

  • Court Accompaniment
  • Family Advocacy
  • Attorney Referral
  • Paralegal Service
  • Custody Issues
  • Family Reunification
  • Tribal & County Home Studies
  • Emergency Placement in Tribal Home

Increase Client’s Ability to Cope with Crisis

Emergency Assistance Program

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Personal Items
  • Medication

In House & Referral to Outside Counselors

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Personal Items
  • Medication

Home Visits

  • At Risk Families
  • Elderly
  • ICWA

Legal Assistance Program

  • Referrals and Assistance

California Indian Manpower Consortium Referrals & Assistance

  • Child Care Assistance
  • Housing
  • Food
  • New Home Deposit


  • Court
  • Victim Witness
  • County Agency

Provide Emergency Financial Assistance

  • Emergency Assistance Fund
  • Foster Care Assistance Program
  • General Assistance Program
  • Burial Assistance Program
  • Energy Assistance Program
  • CIMC – Housing, Food & Child Care Programs
  • Holiday Baskets
  • Other Assistance When Appropriate

Promote & Provide for Family Preservation

  • Tribal Foster Care
  • Tribal Placement Assistance
  • Indian Child Welfare
  • Drug & Alcohol Counseling Referrals
  • Behavioral Health Referrals
  • Parenting Classes
    • ICES
  • Case Management
    • In House and Co. Agencies

County & State Committee’s and Boards

The staff of the Social Services Department are active members of the following committee’s and boards:

  • Indian Child Welfare State Workgroup
  • ICWA Sub-Committee for Foster Home Compliance
  • Tuolumne County Prevent Child Abuse
  • Tuolumne County Suicide Task Force
  • Tuolumne County SART Team
  • California State Child Welfare Council
  • SARB Board

Provide Information & Referral

  • Legal Resources
  • Financial Resources
  • Financial Counseling
  • Counseling Resources
  • Adoption Assistance & Referrals
  • Education Referrals
  • Parenting Referrals
  • Other Referrals as Requested

County, State & Federal Issues

  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • CIMC Programs
  • BIA Programs
  • Tribal Representation
  • Tribal TANF (referral only)
  • Department of Social Services State  & County Collaboration

General Information

Our services are spread though out the four counties of Mariposa, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne. The various programs and services mentioned may have different eligibility requirements by county and tribal status; therefore, individuals are highly encouraged to contact the Social Services Department to request clarification regarding specific information. As always, we are pleased to hear your suggestions and comments on program services.

Staff of the Social Services Department

Frank Canizales

Frank Canizales

MSW, Director

Diana Carpenter

Diana Carpenter

LMFT, Supervisor/ ICWA Representative