Final ICWA Regulations Focusing on Family Unification

June 13, 2016

Last week, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) released binding regulations on the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This marks the first time the agency has offered comprehensive enforceable regulations since the passage of the act in 1978. The BIA will be providing regional training opportunities and webinars to provide education on these regulations before it goes into effect in December.
“The final rule builds upon the work of tribes and states by clarifying the Indian Child Welfare Act’s requirements, promoting consistency in Indian child-placement proceedings, and ensuring that regardless of the state court forum, children and their parents receive the active efforts envisioned by Congress to maintain family and community,” said Acting Assistant Secretary Roberts.
“Child welfare workers, state court judges and state agencies deserve clear rules as they work with Native families and tribes to implement the protections of the law. This rule promotes family and community by ensuring that if a Native child has been removed from their home previously, they will have a pathway for reunification with their family.”
Due to this historic announcement, NCJFCJ staff are working quickly to gather information necessary to support member judges in understanding the ramifications and requirements associated with these new regulations.
To read the full press release, click here.
For more information including the final rule, visit the links below.


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