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.
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.
Free Webinars for Caregivers, Leaders and Advocates
As part of our capacity building efforts, Advocates for Families First offers a series of free webinars designed for leaders of support groups and organizations that work with kinship, foster, and adoptive families. All are welcome to participate. Click here to access the webinars.
To register for upcoming webinars or view a recording of past webinars, see information below. Webinars are recorded, so even if you can’t make attend a future webinar in person, you can benefit from the training. Simply register as though attending and after the session is over, we will send a video link of the recording to everyone who wasn’t able to attend.
Our staff includes Resource Family Consultants who specialize in one-on-one relationships, which provide foster parents with emotional encouragement, skill reinforcement, and parenting strategies unique to providing out-of-home care.
The Nebraska Foster & Adoptive Parent Association (NFAPA) offers scholarships to adoptive, foster, guardianship or kinship youth who wish to further their education beyond high school or GED.
There is an ongoing need in Nebraska for families willing to share their hearts and their homes with children who require temporary foster care. There is also a need for “forever” families for our waiting children, especially teens, who are available for adoption.