Indian Child Welfare Act: Conversations Surrounding the Law for Tribal Nation’s Children in State Care

This event will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 (noon – 3 p.m.) at the new law school, Beus Center for Law and Society located at ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

This presentation will discuss the newly-issued Indian Child Welfare Act’s federal regulations which will become effective December of this year. Practitioners representing parents, children, and tribes will hear from national experts on the Indian Child Welfare Act, covering topics such as identifying eligibility of children for the ICWA provisions, engaging tribes to best serve children and families, procedural requirements, and discussions surrounding the outcomes for tribal children in the care of State agencies.

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 number 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.

Sponsored by the Casey Family Programs.

Free and Open to the Public – Advance Registration Preferred.

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