Advancing Permanency through Adoptions - Module 3: ICWA and MEPA (Webinar)

This series provides foundational training designed to prepare child welfare social workers, supervisors and program managers for their new role in providing pre- and post-adoption services to children and families. It is based on the Adoption Competency Curriculum developed by the National Resource Center for Adoptions, with the goal of advancing permanency for waiting children/youth in the child welfare system through adoption.

The Advancing Permanency through Adoptions foundational series is comprised of two in-class modules and one module via webinar.

Module 3 – MEPA and ICWA (Webinar)

This webinar will provide a general overview of the federal laws and policies impacting adoption placement specific to the requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Tribal Customary Adoptions and the Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA). It will explore the influence of values and assumptions in choosing foster and adoptive placements, recruitment efforts, and best practice issues in looking at how these laws can be implemented into policy and practice.

The other modules in this series are described in detail on their respective web listing pages. You must enroll in each module separately: 

  • Module 1 (two days) 
  • Module 2 (two days) Writing the 366.26 Selection & Implementation Hearing Report
  • Module 3 (Webinar) Race and Culture in Relation to Adoptions Permanency: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA)
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