Why I Should Attend?

Do you need help wading through complex state and federal Child Welfare Program requirements? This special seminar will teach the fundamentals of the Indian Child Welfare Act and walk you through a model program that integrates ICWA Title IV-B with Title IV-E programs with an emphasis on contract reimbursement to ensure safety of and permanence for Native American children.

Some tribes operate their own child welfare programs with limited Title IV-B (Administration for Children & Families) funding. And some have agreements with states and receive limited Title IV-E funds. This arrangement creates problems of dual reporting requirements, preventing the development of holistic child welfare programs, and limiting the tribes’ sovereign rights for creating culturally relevant programs.

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-608) was passed by Congress to give a strong voice for tribal governments concerning child custody proceedings that involve Native American children. ICWA gives states concurrent jurisdiction in certain cases.

Indian tribes and other organizations have objected to the removal of Native American children by states and placing them in non-Indian foster homes. Tribes and parents have unqualified rights to intervene in foster care placements but the courts have ruled against the best interests of the children in certain cases. Some tribes are now moving toward assuming direct control of their foster care programs as a matter of tribal sovereignty.

The Baucus Act amended the Social Security Act under Title IV-E, which provides for direct funding for tribes to establish their own foster care programs without state intervention. This is a prime opportunity for tribes to consider taking advantage of the Baucus Act to transfer Title IV-E programs, streamline and develop holistic approaches for their child welfare programs. It is also a good opportunity for tribes to learn and develop sound case management practices.


Who Should Attend?

This seminar will benefit tribal elected officials, tribal contracts/grants staff, program administrators, managers, investigators, foster parent recruiters, social workers, child protective services (CPS) workers, law enforcement, tribal courts personnel, school principals & educators, federal program staff and monitors; and others with responsibility for the welfare of Native American children.


What Will I Learn?

This two-day seminar will provide special insight to the basic legal requirements of providing and managing a comprehensive tribal child and family services agency; and to offer solutions on how Pub. L. 93-638, Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act and Pub. L. 96-272 Adoption and Child Welfare Act may be merged into any current and future funding endeavors.  We begin with a brief overview of ICWA and illustrate how a tribal stand-alone ICWA program can be integrated into a Title IV-B and Title IV-E continuum of services for Native American children and families. Elements of Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and reporting requirements (APSR) are presented to identify how Title IV-B and Title IV-E are interconnected. We also identify the important aspects of Title IV-E funding versus Title IV-E state contract reimbursement programs for tribes.