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Improving the Well-Being of American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families Through State-Level Efforts to Improve Indian Child Welfare Act Compliance.

Publication Year: 
2014
Personal Author: 
Simmons, David E.
Corporate Author: 
First Focus.
State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC).
National Indian Child Welfare Association.
Technical Report
Page Count: 
14

This paper provides background information on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), explains the basic requirements of ICWA, provides an overview of tribal child welfare and court systems, discusses disproportionality and its relationship to trends in ICWA compliance, highlights promising practices in State policy and practice that support ICWA, and underscores the necessity of working with tribal advocates on State child welfare policy change. Key ICWA requirements are summarized, as well as recommended practices that address State law, intergovernmental agreements, tribal-state forums, consultation policies, court procedures, and State agency policies or guidance. 29 references. (Author abstract modified)

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