NJC Free Webcast: “The Indian Child Welfare Act’s Impact on State Court Custody Decisions”- September 6, 2017

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“The Indian Child Welfare Act’s Impact on State Court Custody Decisions.”
September 6, 2017 12 p.m. PST
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that Congress passed to keep American Indian/Alaska Native children with their American Indian / Alaska Native families. In 1978, Congress passed ICWA because both public and private agencies were removing an extremely high number of Indian children from their homes. Congress’s intent was two-fold: (1) Protect the best interests of Indian children; and (2) promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families. Despite this federal law, many state trial judges are not aware of the provisions and/or want guidance on managing custody cases. Judges can make mistakes that are extremely damaging to children and families without this guidance.