The Indian Child Welfare Act’s Impact on State Court Custody Decisions

September 6, 2017 12 p.m. PST | Online Webcast | Tuition: Free

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that Congress passed to keep American Indian/Alaska Native children with their American Indian / Alaska Native families. In 1978, Congress passed ICWA because both public and private agencies were removing an extremely high number of Indian children from their homes. Congress’s intent was two-fold: (1) Protect the best interests of Indian children; and (2) promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families. Despite this federal law, many state trial judges are not aware of the provisions and/or want guidance on managing custody cases. Judges can make mistakes that are extremely damaging to children and families without this guidance.

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After participating in this webcast, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the history of ICWA and why state courts must follow this law;
  2. Assess confidently the ICWA status of a child; and
  3. Use an ICWA colloquy to ensure you are following federal law in state child custody proceedings involving Indian/Alaska Native children.
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