National Child Welfare Association

Mission, Vision, Philosophy

grandmother holding grandson - photo by Kristin Beadle

Our Mission

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is dedicated to the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families.

Our Vision

Every Indian child must have access to community-based, culturally appropriate services that help them grow up safe, healthy, and spiritually strong - free from abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, and the damaging effects of substance abuse.

Our Philosophy

NICWA was created for the following stated principles:

  • To protect the most valuable resource of Indian people - Indian children.
  • To promote safe, healthy and culturally strong environments for Indian kids.
  • To promote the spiritual strength of Indian children and a positive cultural identity.
  • To be a strong voice for the needs of Indian children and Indian child welfare programs nationwide.
  • To advocate for and facilitate the proper implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • To promote the provision of effective services to Indian children by child welfare workers.
  • To provide technical assistance for and information sharing among Indian child welfare programs.
  • To provide education and leadership opportunities for Indian child welfare workers.