In this half-day course, participants will learn what ICWA requires of county child welfare agencies in relation to notice, procedural rules and enforcement.

By the end of this course, successful participants will be able to:

  • Describe the historical basis and purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Recognize the concept of tribal sovereignty and the relationship between tribal government and the U.S. government
  • Recognize the necessity and benefits of culturally responsive, participatory, joint case planning with Native American families and tribal representatives, including assessment, mental health services and permanency options for children, youth and non-minor dependent youth
  • Recognize tribal customary adoption and guardianship as concurrent permanency planning options for Native American children and youth
  • Describe the role of the qualified expert witness as it relates to the ICWA
  • Participants will build knowledge and skill in application of the various provisions of the ICWA within the context of the California juvenile dependency process.
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