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Monday, September 30, 2013

Deconstructing the Baby Veronica Case

Implications for Working with Fathers in Indian Child Welfare Practice

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 8:30 am–4:00 pm
Place: McNamara Alumni Center
             University of Minnesota
Agenda
Federal and state laws, as well as agency policies and practice, play a significant role in how we work with fathers in Indian child welfare practice. In this forum, speakers and panelists with differing viewpoints will analyze the legal context of the "Baby Veronica" case for a closer look at father involvement. Practice strategies and policy recommendations will be a focal point.
Breakfast and lunch will be served and light snacks will be available throughout the day.
6 Board of Social Work CEUs will be available. CLEs have been applied for.

Presenters

Judge William Thorne
Utah Court of Appeals
Chrissi Nimmo
Assistant Attorney General of hte Cherokee Nation
Mark Fiddler
Attorney representing the Capobianco Family
Erma J. Vizenor
Chairwoman, White Earth Nation

Panelists

Terry Cross
Executive Director
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Esie Leoso-Corbine
Social Services Director for Bad River Band of Ojibwe, Wisconsin
Former Administrator in Tribal and County Systems
Mary Boo
Assistant Director
North American Council on Adoptable Children

Moderator

Sarah Deer
Assistant Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law

This forum is being offered under the auspices of the First Nations Repatriation Institute; Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota—Duluth; and Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development.

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