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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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