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"Like all criminal justice agencies nationwide, tribal criminal justice providers have been thrust into a new age of data-driven solutions to protect the people who live, work, and recreate within their respective jurisdictions. Data has now become a key aspect of tribal sovereignty..."
In collaboration with the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver, Casey evaluated a program to bring together 21 teams of tribal and state representatives to work together over a one-year period to recruit and retain more tribal homes for American Indian and Alaska Native children. American Indian…
Due to the disproportionate and disparate number of Native American children in the Woodbury County, Iowa child welfare system, the community came together in 2000 and formed the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families (CINCF) committee with Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS), Native American community representatives, and social…
The revised ICWA judicial benchbook was developed to provide judicial officers with necessary and thorough information to assist with cases involving American Indian or Alaska Native children. As “inquiring magistrates,” juvenile and family court judges provide vital judicial leadership by making necessary inquiries at every stage of a child custody case.…
This user-friendly online resource is focused on Building an Effective Tribal-State Child Welfare Partnership, and includes an extensive toolkit intended to assist Tribes and non-Native partners with that collaboration. The featured tools and information can help guide and strengthen your relationships as you work to support your children, families and…
In the winter of 2016, NICWA research staff reviewed studies published in peer-reviewed journals regarding cultural identity, mental health and well-being benefits, as well as attachment and bonding literature to identify how current research in these fields is relevant to issues raised in child welfare decision making. This brief presents…
This report provides a perspective of the landscape of the 39 ICWA Tribal-State Agreements existing during 2015 and 2016. The purpose of this report is to provide a detailed analysis of these current ICWA Tribal-State Agreements. The analysis does not include an exhaustive account of the interface between state child…
This Agreement is intended to coordinate the abilities and to maximize the guidance, resources and participation of tribes in order to remove barriers from the process that impede the proper care of Indian children. The Agreement is directed at child welfare activities of the State through its local social services…
This document is a sample Tribal resolution in support of electronic noticing.
This link provides access to Oregon's ICWA procedures manual, intake policy, diligent search policies and tools, instructions for notifying tribes, an overview of qulified expert witness list and tribal experienced mediators, active efforts principles and expectations, jurisdictional issues, compliance checklists, and links to additional resources.
Initial intake and inquiry procedures for the state of Oregon.
The Indian Child Welfare Act passed into law in 1978. The law protects American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in state child welfare systems and helps them remain connected to their families, cultures, and communities. Compliance is mandatory. This guide is designed to help individuals understand ICWA’s requirements and…
In 1978, Congress worked closely with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) elected officials, child welfare experts, and families whose children had been unnecessarily removed from their homes, to pass the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA). ICWA was carefully designed to protect AI/AN children and families from unscrupulous…
This document describes the houlton Band's process of developing a tribal state agreement. Highlighting the history of genocide on the Malisset in Maine and the state's history of ignoring ICWA legislation,  the article briefly describes how the state and the Maliseet Band signed a formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which…
Since the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978, there has been increasing movement to enhance state policy to support ICWA and address several of the challenges to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children’s well-being. The efforts that have proven most successful have been initiated by…
Children’s Services Practice Notes is a publication for child welfare workers produced four times a year by the North Carolina Division of Social Services and the Family and Children’s Resource Program, part of the Jordan Institute for Families and the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina…
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