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Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

The purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is "...to protect the best interest of Indian Children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children and placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture... "(25 U.S. C. 1902). ICWA provides guidance to States regarding the handling of child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children and sets minimum standards for the handling of these cases.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Current Events & News

ICWA Quarterly/Annual Report WebEx Training Flyer

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020- 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

To download the Flyer, click on the link: Webinar Flyer Link

Implementation Questions: – Evangeline Campbell, Chief, Division of Human Services, BIA, evangeline.campbell@bia.gov, (202) 513-7610

Regulation Questions: – Elizabeth Appel, Office of Regulatory Affairs – Indian Affairs, elizabeth.appel@bia.gov, (202) 273-4680

ICWA Quick Reference Guides


News Release -


Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978


  • The National Indian Child Welfare Association is a national voice for American Indian children and families. They are a comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and the only national American Indian organization focused specifically on the tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • http://www.nicwa.org/
  • Measuring Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act: An Assessment Toolkit - February 28, 2014
  • The NCJFCJ is committed to helping state courts achieve full ICWA compliance. A new resource is now available to the courts (or Court Improvement Programs) to help achieve this goal. Measuring Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act: An Assessment Toolkit, provides concrete tools and recommendations for the state courts to assess their current compliance with ICWA. The Toolkit identifies strengths and weaknesses of different data collection approaches, provides sample tools or questions for the sites, and identifies resources and examples of putting this into practice. If you have any questions or would like additional information about measuring ICWA compliance in your jurisdiction, you can e-mail the research team at research@ncjfcj.org.
  • Measuring Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act: An Assessment Toolkit - February 28, 2014

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