Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
In the 1970s, congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to help protect the best interests of Indian children and keep Indian families intact. Today, if a tribal member is involved in a child protection case, an ICWA worker can work with them throughout the process. As non-attorney court representatives, ICWA workers attend court proceedings, monitor state compliance with the Federal ICWA law, ensure cultural continuity, and search for family members for possible out-of-home placements when necessary. For assistance please call 335-7219 or 335-7612.