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October 2010Vol. 11, No. 8Native American Children in Dependency Court

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) established minimum Federal standards for State dependency courts handling cases involving Indian children. The latest issue of The Judges' Page newsletter presents an array of articles discussing ICWA requirements to assist attorneys, judges, child advocates, court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers, and social workers understand and comply with the law. Some of the issues discussed include the requirement to provide timely written notice to the child's Tribe, the preferred placement provisions of ICWA, the need for "active efforts" to prevent placement or achieve reunification, and the enhanced burden of proof in termination of parental rights cases. Another article explains national policy recognizing the special political status of Indian Tribes and the legislative intent to preserve the unique values of Indian culture.

The Judges' Page is a publication of the National CASA Association in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges: