Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Working With Native American Tribal Child Welfare

Julia Simmons

Intended Audience: OCFS Staff Only

Credit: 3 HRS

This specialized session provides the background and rationale for specialized child welfare policy and practice in working with Native American children. A historical perspective of child welfare practice in Native American communities is provided, leading to an overview of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Guest presenters from Maine’s Tribal Child Welfare system are contracted to facilitate the session, lending their expertise and first-hand perspective in working with this population. Also discussed is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.