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New Indian Child Welfare Guidelines for
Tribes, States, Courts, and Agencies

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New Indian Child Welfare Guidelines for Tribes, States, Courts, and Agencies

A major development in tribal child welfare policy was announced on February 25, 2015. The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced that it had revised –– and made effective immediately –– the Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Welfare Custody Proceedings. This is the first update in the guidelines since their initial release in 1979.

NICWA hosted a free webinar on Friday, March 13 to explain the revisions. Once available on line, we strongly urge our constiutents to listen to the full webinar for the new guidelines and greater understanding of the values and importance behind them. Watch for an alert to announce its availablility.

Access the new Guidelines here.

Access the Guide to Compliance with ICWA here.


Important Survey on Social and Financial Services for Grandfamilies


Generations United and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) are working together, with support from Citi to understand the social and financial services available to grandfamilies with low- to moderate-incomes in the US. If your organization has clients that include grandfamilies, which are defined for the purposes of this survey as families headed by grandparents, great-grandparents, or other family members of similar generations, they would appreciate your participation in this survey. Information from the survey will help Generations United to map services available to grandfamilies. It may also help to inform a future resource that will serve the financial needs of these families. They ask that your program director complete the online survey at the link below. It should take no more than about 15 minutes of your time. The deadline for completing the survey is March 25.

Thank you for your help. We will report back to you the aggregate results and the next steps.

Access the survey.


Foster Youth Bill of Rights Resources


Having a foster youth bill of rights will help your community ensure that youth needs are being met while in care, as well as empower youth to advocate for themselves and others. Foster Youth in Action has created a resource page that identifies the states that have enacted such bills, and includes the content of each bill.

Access the bills here.



Free Webinars for Support and Advocacy Group Leaders
Transforming Kinship, Foster, and Adoptive Placements through
NEICE - National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise


Many of you have struggled with the challenges of placing or receiving children across state lines, and all recognize the issues of timeliness for children when doing so. The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) is a very promising pilot project that addresses many issues and saves money!

Attend this webinar and learn about the pilot and the preliminary outcomes. NEICE has already proven to be one of the most successful, innovative, and transformative project piloted in child welfare in the U.S. in recent years. Preliminary data analysis suggests placements are being processed more quickly and efficiently through NEICE, which is improving outcomes for children while producing significant cost-savings.

Presenters are Marci Roth, project director for the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) for the American Public Human Services Association, and Nicole Dobbins, executive director of Voice for Adoption.

You can also access recordings and handouts from our first eight webinars:

  • Starting and Enhancing Support Groups for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families
  • Developing a Youth Speak Out Advocacy Team
  • Fundraising for Groups
  • Effective Legislative Advocacy Strategies
  • Advocates for Families First Advocacy Agenda
  • How to Handle Compassion Fatigue and Prevent Burnout
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Accessing Funding for Specialized Youth Permanency Services
  • Be Heard! Passage of the Strengthening Families Act Creates Advocacy Opportunites
  • Effective Collaboration for System Improvement


Advocates for Families First is a collaboration of the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the National Foster Parent Association, and Generations United.

We are grateful to the support of our funders—the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.