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Indian Child Welfare Act organizations

Below are links to some organizations involved in Indian Child Welfare

NICWA-thumbNational Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA): A private, non-profit, membership organization based in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the well-being of American Indian children and families.
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes (logo)National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes, A service of the  Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Serves as a focal point for coordinated training and technical assistance for tribes.
Child Welfare Information Gateway, A service of the  Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.
Tribal Star logoTribal STAR (Successful Transitions for Adult Readiness), a program of the San Diego State University School of Social Work, Academy for Professional Excellence: Provides technical assistance to tribes, tribal programs, county social workers working with Tribal foster youth and all others who work with Tribal youth.
NRCPS_thumbNational Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS): One of 10 national resource centers funded by the Children’s Bureau,  U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide free on-site training and technical assistance to State and Tribal child welfare agencies.
Native American Rights Fund logoA Practical Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act, Native American Rights Fund: A publication intended to answer questions and provide comprehensive information on the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Casey Family Programs logoCasey Family Programs: National foundation focused on improving and ultimately reducing foster care in the United States.
ayazutaAyazuta: Provides a searchable database of ICWA contact information, qualified ICWA expert witnesses, and other resources searchable by Tribe name, State, or keyword. Some services are available by subscription ($$).
HomeNational Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges: Headquartered at the Univerisy of Nevada, Reno, this judicial membership organization provides resources such as training, technical assistance, and research to assist family courts.
American Bar Associatio: Center on Children and the Law (logo)National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, a service of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law: Provides consultation, training, and technical assistance on all legal and judicial aspects of the child welfare system, including federal law, court improvement, agency and court collaboration, permanency planning, legal representation, and other emerging child welfare issues.
Tribaltribal_law_policy_institute Court Clearinghouse, a project of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute: A resource for tribal justice systems and others involved in the enhancement of justice in Indian country.  The website includes an information resource that links to online materials related to the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Cal-ICWA: An advocacy association that promotes ICWA compliance in California.

Minneapolis American Indian Center logo

Indian Child Welfare Program, Minneapolis American Indian Center:  Provides services to Indian families experiencing difficulties with the social welfare system.

ICWA Law Center logoThe Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center: A non-profit, legal services organization that provides legal representation for those who are involved in legal matters governed by the ICWA.

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What our Nations are up against!

What our Nations are up against!

To Veronica Brown

Veronica, we adult adoptees are thinking of you today and every day. We will be here when you need us. Your journey in the adopted life has begun, nothing can revoke that now, the damage cannot be undone. Be courageous, you have what no adoptee before you has had; a strong group of adult adoptees who know your story, who are behind you and will always be so.

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Indian Country is under attack. Native tribes and people are fighting hard for justice. There is need for legal assistance across Indian Country, and NARF is doing as much as we can. With your help, we have fought for 48 years and we continue to fight.

It is hard to understand the extent of the attacks on Indian Country. We are sending a short series of emails this month with a few examples of attacks that are happening across Indian Country and how we are standing firm for justice.

Today, we look at recent effort to undo laws put in place to protect Native American children and families. All children deserve to be raised by loving families and communities. In the 1970s, Congress realized that state agencies and courts were disproportionately removing American Indian and Alaska Native children from their families. Often these devastating removals were due to an inability or unwillingness to understand Native cultures, where family is defined broadly and raising children is a shared responsibility. To stop these destructive practices, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

After forty years, ICWA has proven to be largely successful and many states have passed their own ICWAs. This success, however, is now being challenged by large, well-financed opponents who are actively and aggressively seeking to undermine ICWA’s protections for Native children. We are seeing lawsuits across the United States that challenge ICWA’s protections. NARF is working with partners to defend the rights of Native children and families.

Indian Country is under attack. We need you. Please join the ranks of Modern Day Warriors. Please donate today to help Native people protect their rights.

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