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Grandparents Plus: Raising Native Children at Home

by Three Precious Miracles
Grandparents Plus: Raising Native Children at Home

The Law on ICWA that was passed in 1978, the law sets requirements for what states must do when an American Indian kid comes into contact with the child welfare system. It says that Native American children should be placed with Native foster and adoptive families whenever possible, and before that, states need to make “active efforts” to keep Native children with their biological parents in the first place. Created to protect Native American families and preserve their heritage following centuries of policies aimed at forcibly assimilating Indian children into white culture, the law has become increasingly controversial as special interest groups have argued that it actually prioritizes the tribes over the best interests of the children it is meant to help.

Since the Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978, between 25 and 35% of all Native children had been removed from their parents, according to research done by the Association on American Indian Affairs. And 85 to 95% of those children, Jacobs says, were living in non-Native homes.

Keeping Indian children in their communities can have both immediate and lasting effects.


Three Precious Miracles also provides natural supports to Native American children that are undergoing past and current trauma by embracing their cultural identity while healing through trauma.  We offer personalized embroidered blankets that’s designed to help Native American foster youth reclaim their identity, their culture, their pride, and their dignity. By having something that is theirs, represents their heritage, and reminds them of the culture. We have found that foster youth will feel better connected to their roots by having something tangible that represents who they are and where they came from. This amazing project supports Native American children stay connected culturally and respectfully.   TPM believes that every Native American child who is displaced deserves love, a sense of belonging and cultural engagement. Our vision is to have Native American foster youth reclaim their identity, their culture, their pride, and their dignity in order to become whole and strong leaders within the community. Through our values of RESPECT, ACCOUNTABILITY, CULTURE and COMMITMENT, we further our mission” to support the families of Native American children who are displaced so they can provide a loving, caring and culturally sensitive home.” 


Objectives and Progress Indicators

1. Improve overall sense of belonging. 

a. Pure positive outcome and sense of belonging once kiddos see, hold and embrace blanket. 

2. Increase knowledge related to culture and tribal affiliation. 

a. We have had 100% appreciation of cultural blanket. 

3. Connect with different tribes that have kids in foster care. 

a. Have connected with 10 tribes and 3 different states.  


Overall Impact 

Happiness and sense of belonging 


Have you ever heard the saying: “It takes a whole village to raise a child”? Probably, since it is a saying that has been used as a book title, posters, and even memes. It has been overused and not always understood. On December 31st, Three Precious Miracles experienced a miracle and it truly DID take a whole village to make it happen!

We made our goal with Global Giving through donations from so many people in our village. Everyone played a very important part to our success. Some gave what they could with small donations, some gave larger donations,  and those who could not provide donations shared our posts and our story, increasing our village. Others sent us prayers. Some anonymous members of our global village gave more money than we thought was impossible to wish for! It took each member of our village to reach our goal for our children in the care of our Grandparent Elders, who are caring for them. We are humbled to have you in our village and grateful to each one of you for the role you played in reaching our goal to become a member of Global Giving. We surpassed our goal! What a beautiful Christmas season story!

Our story isn’t over though and our work continues. It is time to gather our village to continue to raise the children. Our children continue to come into care and our Elders continue to take them in and embrace them in their healing. We continue to need your help to reach our goal for this project. We need to raise about three thousand dollars more to complete this goal. Thank you for being part of our dream. Thank you for your continued support, and most of all, thank you for being a very integral part of our village. Together, we are always better. It takes each one of us to raise a child.

We Can
We Can't Give Up

We cannot give up.

We are so close.


Help us reach our fundraising goal with Global Giving!

2019 is days away and Three Precious Miracles urgently needs your help! We are over half way to reaching our fundraising goal with Global Giving and our campaign is over at the stroke of midnight on December 31st.

Your gift of just $10 can help make a difference. Instead of buying lunch out today, could you consider giving a gift of love to help Three Precious Miracles become a permanent member of Global Giving and make a difference for generations of youth to come? Can't give up lunch? Could you donate your morning coffee and a donut? Your gift of $5.00 would be greatly appreciated.

Your gift, large or small, will go a long way to help Three Precious Miracles support the Native American foster care community by lifting up Grandparents Raising Grandchildren with necessary items to get them started so that they can help their grandchildren heal.  

Each day we hear from our elders, social workers, and the tribe, asking for support our families. We are a small organization with a whole lot of heart. We have no paid staff and rely on your donations and love to keep our organization giving to the community. If you cannot afford to give, would you please share our message to help us reach our goal?

All gifts received by midnight on December 31 are tax deductible for the 2018 tax year. We thank you in advance for your donations and sharing our message.

Let’s face it. You could travel this whole world and never find another you! That is because you are unique and special just because you are you!

We are so grateful for your donation to Three Precious Miracles because we are doing work for unique, special, and miracle families just like you! Each elder has a full and grateful heart bigger than her wallet that is guiding her to bring her family close. Hold them, love them, gude them, and heal each family member that she is given, yet each one needs your help.

Just this week, an elder who has been caring for her eleven grandchildren, was given custody of two more grandchildren to hold close and heal. Such a resilient spirit and strong heart! She wants to keep these children close and to their culture. She wants to provide the love and guidance that each one needs to grow into strong and proud people that pave the way with their own successful families someday. She can do that but she needs a village to lift her up so that she can do ust that.

Your donations are supplying beds, bedding, socks, underwear, and basic needs so that elders like the grandma that came in this week, can do what they do, care for, and help heal their grandchildren. We are grateful for the village that we are creating with you and would love for you to send out a ripple to add more people to our village. If you are feeling blessed this holiday season, would you please continue to share our message with others so that they can be part of our village too?

We are almost a third of the way to reaching our goal and we need others, just like you to play a part in our campaign. We all have many friends on social media and friends lists. Just think, if each one of our friends donated the price of a cup of coffee, we could reach our goal. Yes, a simple cup of coffee from Starbucks is $2.50 and yet if we each of our friends gave that amount, our village could support children and families that could change an entire generation.

Can we count on you to share our message across your village and make ours larger? Together, we are always better. Can we count on you for a cup of coffee?


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Three Precious Miracles

Location: Sacaton, AZ - USA
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Project Leader:
Shelley Tellez
Sacaton, Arizona United States

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