This Bench Handbook is intended to help judges navigate the challenges of notice and compliance to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
Follow the Spirit of ICWA: The American Indian Enhancement Project is an effort of the California Disproportionality Project, a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) resourced through the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the California Department of Social Services, Casey Family Programs, and the Stuart Foundation. In collaboration with Administrative Office of the Courts, California Social Work Education Center, Child and Family Policy Institute of California, California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership, the National Resource Center for Tribes, Tribal STAR, and Shenandoah Films.
This is a guide to understanding the benefits of providing culturally appropriate services to Native American families from non–federally recognized tribes within the juvenile dependency and delinquency systems.
The Tribal/State Programs Unit of the Center for Families Children and the Courts has developed the resources on this webpage to assist those involved in these kinds of proceedings understand their legal obligations under ICWA and comply with those requirements.
The NCJFCJ is engaging tribal courts and judges in cultural humility with an understanding that best practices in tribal courts may be different than state courts and diverse perspectives strengthen solutions.
This webpage includes resource links in connection to the need for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and background information. It was complied by the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes, a service of the Children’s Bureau and a member of the T/TA Network.
There are many reasons why individuals do not claim their American Indian heritage. This has implications for ICWA compliance especially in the area of inquiry and noticing. This tip sheet offers social workers practice tips for inquiry and noticing those who do not claim to be American Indian.
This tip sheet offers suggestion on how to follow protocol when working with Tribal Communities.