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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NARF/Casey Foundation Blog on Indian Child Welfare Developments

by Matthew L.M. Fletcher  (Turtle Talk)
Welcome to ICWA INFO, described as:
In early 2013 Casey Family Programs partnered with the Native American Rights Fund to create an online resource that would focus solely on Indian child welfare issues.  Thus, began the ICWA INFO blog.  It was envisioned that this site would provide the public with information and timely updates about all things related to Indian child welfare and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  This would include:
  • news about lawsuits related to ICWA in tribal, state, and federal courts,
  • related training and conferences,
  • legal analysis and research resources,
  • federal and state regulations,
  • information about relevant groups and agencies,
  • and job postings.
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