Tribal Social Services Department

Our mission is to assist the community of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and Native American families.

Our services are spread thoughout Mariposa, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties. Our programs and services 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.

Provide Emotional Support Through Confidential Communications

  • Counseling
  • Substance abuse
  • Family peer counseling
  • Indian Child Welfare Program
  • Anger management: youth and adult
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence

Mediate with Child Welfare Services

  • Court advocacy
  • Information and referral
  • Family reunification
  • Crisis intervention
  • Court accompaniment
  • Development of formal and informal case plans
  • Native child foster placement
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 and county home studies
  • Emergency placement in Tribal home

Increase Clients' Ability to Cope with Crisis

Emergency Assistance Program

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Personal items
  • Medication

In-House and 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 and Assistance

  • Child care assistance
  • Housing
  • Food
  • New home deposit

Advocacy

  • 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 and child care programs
  • Holiday baskets
  • Other assistance when appropriate

Promote and Provide for Family Preservation

  • Tribal foster care
  • Tribal placement assistance
  • Indian child welfare
  • Drug and alcohol counseling referrals
  • Behavioral health referrals
  • Parenting classes
    • ICES
  • Case Management
    • In-house and outside agencies

County and State Committees and Boards

The staff of the Social Services Department are active members of the following committees 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 and Referrals

  • Legal resources
  • Financial resources
  • Financial counseling
  • Counseling resources
  • Adoption assistance and referrals
  • Education referrals
  • Parenting referrals
  • Other referrals as requested

County, State and Federal Issues

  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • CIMC programs
  • BIA programs
  • Tribal representation
  • Tribal TANF (referral only)
  • Department of Social Services: state and county collaboration

Contact Us

P.O. Box 615
Tuolumne, CA 95379

Candice Huffer
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 209.928.5300
Email: chuffer@mewuk.com

Frank Canizales

Frank Canizales

MSW, Director

Diana Carpenter

Diana Carpenter

LMFT, Supervisor/ ICWA Representative

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