In lushootseed, the traditional language of Coastal Salish People, the word beda?chelh means, "our children". It is significant that this concept is depicted in a single word because, traditionally, children were considered to be sacred gifts to the entire community. The Tulalip Tribes beda?chelh program, formerly Indian Child Welfare, work creatively to design integrated services promoting family and cultural preservation, health and resiliency in its children and families.
beda?chelh has developed mutilple programs for children and families, and it has established numerous agency partnerships both on the reservation and in the larger community.
Chapter 4.05 Juvenile and Family Code