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About ICWA Courts

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Courts

The five principles of ICWA Courts that frame the “gold standard of child welfare” are:

  1. Judicial leadership;
  2. ICWA data collection;
  3. ICWA training (spirit and letter of law);
  4. Tribal stakeholder collaboration; and
  5. Gold Standard lawyering and social work.

ICWA Court judges lead off-the-bench in coordination with the ICWA partners (attorneys, agency social workers, and Tribal ICWA representatives) to achieve the spirit of ICWA.

Data Collection informs practice and can measure the impact of ICWA Courts. For instance, identifying the tribal partners who are parties in any particular jurisdiction allows for deeper collaboration and partnership, ultimately better serving children and families.

Key success to an ICWA Court is authentic Tribal collaboration and partnership. These partnerships foster better outcomes for ICWA families, including decreased time Indian children are in-care.

ICWA Courts are home to “gold standard” attorneys, judges, social workers and tribal representatives. The community of ICWA participants have more focused education and skill-development of the relevant laws. Tribal partner engagement and focused education allows for a culture that is committed to the spirit of ICWA, and increased capacity for the legal side of ICWA practice.

Although ICWA courts are of course child welfare courts, the foremost distinction is that families can expect engagement that is delivered with cultural humility, is solution-oriented, and most-importantly with humanity.


ICWA Court Map

Below is a map of the current ICWA Courts. For more information about these courts or to be added to the map, please see the contact information below.


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  • Tulsa Co. (Oklahoma) ICWA Court Kickoff - 01/14/2022 "On Thursday, November 9th, the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association [OICWA] hosted a Kick Off Meeting to celebrate the launch of Tulsa County ICWA Court. The meeting occurred in person and virtually with attendees from Oklahoma Tribal Child Welfare Programs, Tulsa County Court, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and other valued partners and service providers.…
  • Congratulations to Pima County (AZ) ICWA Court! - 12/07/2021 Congratulations to Pima County (AZ) ICWA Court for being recognized for the 2021 Protecting Children, Families, and Communities award by the Supreme Court of Arizona.  Chief Judge Kathleen Quigley, Judge Janet Bostwick, and Judge Scott McDonald started the Pima Co. ICWA Court in January 2020 and have helped facilitate a community of "gold standard" practice. They…
  • Virtual Washington ICWA Court Summit ~ October 2021 - 11/15/2021 The virtual Washington ICWA Court Summit was attended by over 230 people on October 25th. The event highlighted the importance of the voice of lived experience and hearing directly from Tribal ICWA Directors towards improving tribal collaboration. In addition to Judicial leadership to bring many tribal leaders, social workers, partners, attorneys to this event to…
  • Virtual ICWA Court Collaborative III on October 4, 2021 - 10/22/2021 The Virtual ICWA Court Collaborative III was well attended on October 4th, 2021. We had over 140 people registered for the event and representatives from almost all 16 ICWA Courts. We have grown from the first gathering in 2018 with only 5 ICWA Courts and are still growing, so many of you have been and…

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