National Child Welfare Association

Indian Child Welfare Act (2 days) Beginning or Advanced

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Duration, Fees, Registration

  • 2 day workshop
  • $2,000/day (Travel costs including mileage, accommodations, and meals are billed in addition to the workshop fees.)
  • $150/hour for consultation

Workshop Description

This workshop is designed to give the participant an overview of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) and the practice issues involved in working with Indian families in child welfare. A brief history of Indian policy and the ICWA, coupled with a brief summary of Indian cultural issues, set the stage for examination of specific implementation of ICWA. Implementation issues and methods for dealing with problem situations will be discussed. Recent and pending legislative proposals/actions will be summarized and examined for their implications for working with Indian families.

Participants will receive a copy of ICWA and will be lead through a performance-based review of each section of the act. A discussion of why each section exists will help participants understand the intent of the act.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this workshop participants will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the historic relationship between Indian children and child welfare policy leading to ICWA
  • Recognize key political and legal factors which are the foundations of ICWA
  • Follow the basic provisions of ICWA
  • Understand the value of viewing tribes as a resource rather than an obstacle to quality services
  • Recognize how the act considers the needs and rights of tribes, families and children
  • Understand the consequences of non-compliance.