Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Code
TITLE III CHILD WELFARE
There is hereby created a Department of Social Services. The Department of Social Services shall be under the authority of the Tribe.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 3-2-1, PTN Code § 3-2-1
The Department of Social Services shall assist in the enforcement of all laws relating to the welfare of children, including laws related to abuse and neglect, and all other laws designed to protect and assist children and shall take the initiative in securing enforcement of laws for the protection of children where no adequate provision is made for such enforcement.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 3-2-2, PTN Code § 3-2-2
The Department of Social Services shall promulgate rules and regulations for the enforcement of child welfare laws including standards for child care agencies, foster care standards and licensing requirements, adoption services, alcohol/drug counseling services, foster care payments and any other rules, consistent with these laws, which are necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Title.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 3-2-3, PTN Code § 3-2-3
The Tribe, through the Department of Social Services, may issue tribal licenses for foster care homes. Licensing requirements and standards shall be set by the Department of Social Services but shall at a minimum include:
1. Cleanliness standards;
2. Water and light standards;
3. Health standards;
4. Occupancy standards;
5. Provisions for medical and dental care;
6. Provisions for food, furnishings, clothing, and necessities;
7. Standards for individuals licensed as foster care parents; and
8. Fire standards.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Code § 3-2-4, PTN Code § 3-2-4