Publications

April 17, 2014
DISCLAIMER: If you downloaded a version of the ICWA Facts and Fiction publication, please discard it, as we have found errors that need to be corrected. We sincerely apologize for the misinformation contained in this document and are working to correct it.
February 28, 2014
The NCJFCJ is committed to helping state courts achieve full ICWA compliance. A new resource is now available to the courts (or Court Improvement Programs) to help achieve this goal. Measuring Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act: An Assessment Toolkit, provides concrete tools and recommendations for the state courts to assess their current compliance with ICWA. The Toolkit identifies...
October 23, 2013
Meaningful collaboration has been defined as an ongoing process in which “courts and agencies identify and work toward shared goals and activities to increase the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in the child welfare system.” This technical assistance brief provides information on specific strategies employed by individuals, states, and Model Courts and is intended to inspire others...
January 3, 2013
This technical assistance bulletin provides juvenile and family courts with practice recommendations and tools to improve compliance with the letter of the ICWA as well as with the “spirit of the ICWA” through services and supports. The first, most critical and ongoing step is to develop respectful and authentic relationships with tribes to fully implement the ICWA and best serve Native children...
July 30, 2010
This publication was developed in consultation with the nine federally recognized Tribes of Oregon by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Citizen Review Board (CRB) to create a tool to implement the active efforts mandate of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The following guidelines are offered for use by courts, DHS staff and local CRBs in evaluating whether active efforts have...
August 1, 2009
This Technical Assistance Brief, a joint publication of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and the NCJFCJ, has found that additional improvements in data collection and collaboration between courts and public agencies are required to better meet the unique needs of American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) children in court dependency cases, and offers additional recommendations...
June 1, 2003
Provides benchcard checklists for use by judges and child welfare professionals in the implementation of the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act. (June 2003)   CAN-14   $7.50