Terry Cross is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is the developer, founder, and Executive Director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He is the author of the Heritage and Helping, an eleven manual curriculum for tribal child welfare staff. He is also author of the Positive Indian Parenting curricula, as well as Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare. He co-authored "Toward a Culturally Competent System of Care" and “Reclaiming Customary Adoption.” He has 36 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years working directly with children and families. He served on the faculty of Portland State University School of Social Work and continues to give lectures at many colleges and universities upon request.