Honoring 100 for the 100th: Juli Skinner

Juli is Native American and of the Ponca Tribe. In 2000, Juli began working as a Child Welfare Specialist and Program Supervisor with Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare until she moved to the HERO Project in 2013.

Throughout her career, Juli has worked with Native American youth and families involved in the Child Welfare system. She has worked with youth in Independent Living, spending countless hours teaching foster youth values such as leadership, trust, and responsibility. Juli is an expert in the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). She spent 12 years working with families and advocating for the implementation of ICWA across the United States. She worked to get laws passed in the Cherokee Nation including guardianships in Cherokee Nation District Court.

Working with Native families is a passion for Juli. She has dedicated her life to improving systems so that children and families can have the best chance at a happy life. In 2009, Juli was awarded the Youth Care Professional of the Year award for her work with Youth ages 13 to 18. She was also selected as a Global Leader with the World Forum Foundation. As a global leader she focuses on promoting an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.

In 2012, Juli received her Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Administrative Community Practice from the University of Oklahoma. Working in the micro, mezzo and macro levels, she has developed programs within the Cherokee Nation that focus on incorporating evidenced based interventions into practice and improving systems to better meet the needs of families. Juli was awarded the Social Welfare Leader Award from the University of Oklahoma in 2016.

As the Associate Director of Cherokee Nation Children’s Behavioral Health, Juli continues working toward her goal of improving systems in order to best serve families and promote positive practices that will last for generations. She is currently working on collaborations with State and Federal programs to bring in evidenced-based services for Native families. She continues to collaborate and train other state and tribal programs throughout the United States.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Maxine Thompson wrote:
Juli Thompson Skinner is my daughter. I have been a very humbled and proud parent to be a part of her life as she has set her goals to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate and unfortunate.

My heart breaks often as I know of the many sacrifices she has made in her passion to do for others. Her faith and the life's experiences plays a large part in her visual destinations.

Although my husband and I have five other children who always included us in their busy lives she has always maintained daily contact and I think I am probably #two on her bucket list, especially since the death of her dad.

I dearly love my daughter and have the utmost admiration for her and the work she does.

Sat, July 29, 2017 @ 5:02 AM

2. Sharon Conway wrote:
We have known Juli since she was just a little girl. Juli has a heart as big as the sky and puts herself into working to help those in need. Proud of you Juli!

Sat, July 29, 2017 @ 4:32 PM

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