• January-February 2016
  • Vol. 16, No. 10

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Determining Compliance With the Indian Child Welfare Act

Casey Family Programs recently released a report about determining State compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The report briefly describes the history of Indian child welfare practice in the United States, summarizes ICWA, and addresses issues regarding State compliance. It also highlights various ways State compliance can be measured and provides recommendations to support measurement and conformity to ICWA, including the following:

  • Allocate funds and resources for effective child welfare services to support active efforts and placement preferences.
  • Develop training mechanisms and opportunities to include initial and continuing education for Child Protective Services and judicial staff, and incorporate ICWA history, importance, and compliance measurement into existing training programs.
  • Develop a standardized national compliance measure for certain provisions of ICWA and differentiate standards that can be measured across sites from jurisdiction-specific measurements.

The report was written in partnership with the Center for Regional Tribal Child Welfare Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Minneapolis American Indian Center.

Access Measuring Compliance With the Indian Child Welfare Act: A Research and Practice Brief on the website for Casey Family Programs at http://www.casey.org/measuring-compliance-indian-child-welfare-act/.

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