The Native American Children's Safety Act (NACSA) (P.L. 114-165), enacted in 2016, amends the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to further ensure children's safety by requiring Indian Tribes to conduct background checks before placing children in foster care. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) seeks to assist Tribes in complying with NACSA by providing information on how to conduct background checks.

The BIA has prepared the Draft NACSA Guidance, Background Checks for Foster Care Placements under NACSA, for your review and input. Additional information is provided in the following PowerPoint: Overview of Draft NACSA Guidance. Furthermore, the BIA will be hosting consultations to receive input on the guidance as provided in the Tribal Leader Letter.

Please submit any written input to the Draft NACSA Guidance by March 16, 2017, to or the following address:

Attn: NACSA Guidance
Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action
Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs
1849 C Street, NW
Mail Stop 4660-MIB
Washington, DC 20240
Tribal Consultation

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend any of the following sessions:

Date Time Location
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Local Time)
National Indian Training Center
1011 Indian School Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Local Time)
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Winona Room
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Eastern Time)
Call-in number: (877) 716-4291
Passcode: 6919058

**UPDATE** Final NACSA guidance has been issued and is located on the BIA Division of Human Services' website here: