The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families. Congress passed ICWA in 1978 in response to the alarmingly high numb…er of Indian children being removed from their homes by both public and private agencies. The intent of Congress under ICWA was to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families” (25 U.S.C. § 1902). ICWA sets federal requirements that apply to state child custody proceedings involving an Indian child who is a member of or eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe.
The faculty includes Councilwoman Rose Alvarez of Pascua Yaqui, Sheri Freemont of Casey Family Programs, Kate Fort of Michigan State University School of law, and Mark Radoff Senior Attorney California Indian Legal Services.
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