ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes

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About This Program

Target Population: State child welfare social workers and agencies serving Native American youth in child welfare, Native American children and families, and tribes

Brief Description

ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes is a full-day training curriculum (6 hours) and part of a suite of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)-related curricula designed to meet the diverse regional and cultural needs of American Indian communities throughout California. The program includes a 60- to 90-minute online eLearning ICWA introduction and a 60-minute Field Activity. The most critical aspects of this ICWA curriculum concern the historical significance of ICWA and the importance of building engagement skills for deepening relationships with Tribal people and communities. In addition to the historical, philosophical, and legal background of ICWA, the curriculum includes engagement strategies that encourage participation by local and regional Tribal representatives when training at the local level. This curriculum is required training for all state child welfare social workers through the California Common Core 3.0 and was developed by Tribal STAR, a program of the Academy for Professional Excellence.

Program Goals:

The goals of ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes are:

  • Train state child welfare social workers on ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) and topics related to culturally responsive engagement to improve outcomes for Native American children in child welfare
  • Enhance collaborative efforts among child welfare agencies and tribes to ensure Native foster youth maintain connections to culture, community, and resources.
  • Strengthen collaboration between state and county child welfare services, courts, community partners, tribal service agencies and tribes to achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for Native American youth in child welfare.

Contact Information

Tom Lidot
Agency/Affiliation: Tribal STAR Program Manager
Website: theacademy.sdsu.edu/TribalSTAR
Phone: (760) 774-4782

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: August 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2017