"The federal duty of protection of internal tribal sovereignty, which has been strongly linked to the welfare of Indian children since the Founding, is now as closely realized as it ever has been throughout American history. In the Self-Determination Era, modern federal laws, including ICWA, constitute a return of federal Indian law and policy to constitutional fidelity."
Fletcher, Matthew L. M. and Singel, Wenona T., Indian Children and the Federal-Tribal Trust Relationship (April 28, 2016)

What is Title IV-E?

Designed to guide interested Tribes through the basics of Title IV-E, this brief user-friendly module allows users to explore the federal funding option at their own pace and learn more about potential benefits and challenges that may be encountered. Interactive tools will help Tribal leaders and staff decide whether they’d like to move forward with the application process and how to get started.

New! Presentation Tips for Tribal Child Welfare Professionals

 

Are you a Tribal caseworker who has had to present in court? Have you provided testimony as a qualified expert witness? Or maybe you're a Tribal Child Welfare director who needs to make presentations to your Tribal Council. When asked to present, it's important to be prepared! We're excited to announce our newest interactive product, A Guide to Presenting & Facilitating: Teachings of the Medicine Wheel, developed by Tribal child welfare advocates.

This guide is designed to assist Tribal child welfare professionals prepare for presenting by addressing all four areas of the medicine wheel: mind, emotion, body, and spirit. We hope you find this new resource helpful as you work to support your communities, families, and children.

ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders - now an app!

Access our ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders online or download it as a PDF! On a tablet or smartphone? The online version can be saved to your home screen as an app for easy offline access! Developed by Tribal Leaders, Tribal child welfare staff, and knowledgeable ICWA experts, the purpose of this Guide is to recommend actions that tribal leadership can take towards ensuring compliance with ICWA. You can also download our printable poster to hang in your office.

"As leaders, it is time to determine our destiny where our children are concerned..."

 

Featured Events & Resources

Exploring the Tribal Information Exchange - Webinar
August 2, 2017 @ 2:00 Eastern
The Capacity Building Center for Tribes, with guidance from a group of national native child welfare experts, values providing culturally responsive materials and tools for growth to tribal social service professionals and communities. To better support this commitment and value, the Tribal Information Exchange was created as a complement to our Capacity Building Collaborative website. This website provides easy to access content that focuses on tribal topics, a space for tribes to share and learn from one another, and hundreds of tribal resources from the Center for Tribes and beyond. Register for this webinar and join us for an introduction and demonstration of this electronic space!

Tribal STAR, in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services, and CalSWEC (California Social Work Education Center) has released it's latest eLearning ICWA Introduction.  This eLearning is required to be viewed by all new hire social workers and is a pre-requisite to attending the full day classroom training. California is the first state to require a full day ICWA training for all new social workers.

The Heart of ICWA: The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has produced four informative digitial stories that highlight the importance of ICWA and feature Native familes sharing their stories: The Heart of ICWA. These videos will be rolled out on NICWA's Facebook page through February - "like" their page to follow this important conversation.

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