Free Webcast - The Indian Child Welfare Act’s Impact on State Court Custody Decisions

August 31, 2017

The National Judicial College, a partner of the NCJFCJ, is hosting a free webinar on the Indian Child Welfare Act's impact on court custody and decisions, specific for general and limited jurisdiction judges.

The Indian Child Welfare Act's Impact on State Court Custody Decisions

September 6, 2017 at 9 a.m. EST / Noon PST

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that Congress passed to keep American Indian/Alaska Native children with their American Indian / Alaska Native families. In 1978, Congress passed ICWA because both public and private agencies were removing an extremely high number of Indian children from their homes. Congress’s intent was two-fold: (1) Protect the best interests of Indian children; and (2) promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families. Despite this federal law, many state trial judges are not aware of the provisions and/or want guidance on managing custody cases. Judges can make mistakes that are extremely damaging to children and families without this guidance.

After participating in this webcast, you will be able to:

  • Describe the history of ICWA and why state courts must follow this law;

  • Assess confidently the ICWA status of a child; and

  • Use an ICWA colloquy to ensure you are following federal law in state child custody proceedings involving Indian/Alaska Native children.

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