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Department of Family Services

The Navajo Nation Department of Family Services provides specialized human services to children, adults, and elderly whom are experiencing abuse, neglect or crisis and to help maintain healthy and stable families on the Navajo Nation. In addition, provide quality services to individuals and households experiencing temporary financial hardship in meeting their short term basic needs, immediate emergency and home energy needs.

The following services shall be administered through the Family Services Offices in accordance with established policies, rules, regulations, contracts and including Federal, State, and Navajo Nation laws:




The goal of the DFS is to provide quality casework services that address each person's cultural needs, explain information to the consumer in the language the consumer is most familiar and provide services in the consumers' own community. The delivery of services to individuals and families shall be provided in an efficient and effective manner utilizing the wrap around method of intervention and the system of care model.

And assist individual and households to become self-sufficient through education of financial management, home energy saving and referral to programs that would assist the families in overcoming financial hardship. Services are administered in accordance with all applicable Navajo, Federal and State laws, rules, regulations and policies.


Program and Services:


Currently, the DFS has ten (10) specialized programs. Each program is guided and supported by a program supervisor. Each program serves a specific purpose and can be found in most DFS field offices located throughout the Navajo Nation.


Youth Home Program

Boys and Girls Group Home, Counseling, Tutoring Services, Child Home Care Services


Dine Elderly Protection Program

Adult Protective Services/Investigations, Elderly Protective Services/Investigations, Elderly and Adult Case Management, Adult and Elderly permanancy services, Crisis Intervention and Support Services for victims of elderly abuse.


Adult In-home Care Program

Elderly in-home care services


Navajo Nation Long Term Care Program

Long Term Care Case Management services for AHCCCS

Marie Keyonnie, BS Program Manager I (928) 871-6845 Window Rock Admin. Ofc.

Healthy Families Program

Intensive Family, Parent(s) in-home based services, Parenting Skills education & training, family living skills development, Family Group Conferencing, Intensive Child permanency Services


Alchini Biilnaanish Program

Child Foster Care recruiting, Foster Home Licensing and certification, Home studies, Foster Care Training

Diane Haven-Woody Sr. Social Service Rep. (928) 871-6820 Window Rock Admin. Ofc.

Children & Families Well Being Program

Intake/Reporting, Child Protective Services/Investigations, Child Case Management, Family Conferencing

Marie Jim, LMSW (928) 755-5930 Ganado Field Office

Title IVE Program

Determine IVE eligibility for children in out of home placement

Wilfred Yazzie, LCSW Principal Social Worker (928) 871-6850 Window Rock Admin. Ofc.

Financial Assistance Program

Provide financial assistance to eligible individuals to meet their basic, home energy or emergency needs resulting from unforeseen circumstances.

Madalena Kee, BA Administrative Service Ofcr. (928) 871-6556 Window Rock Admin. Ofc.




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