229 Specialized Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)


Advanced ICWA is a 2-day training course that brings together State and Tribal workers to encourage collaboration for working under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) provisions. The course curriculum, originally known as Specialized ICWA, was created by representatives from Tribes, Tribal organizations, the Office of Children Services (OCS), and various community partners several years ago and has recently been updated with the input and guidance of the Tribal State Collaboration Group's ICWA Training Workgroup. Advanced ICWA provides State and Tribal workers opportunities to build relationships and encourages collaboration for working together at key points throughout a child protection case.  During this 2-day training, participants will review key sections of ICWA, explore historical events effecting Alaska Native peoples, understand the reasons ICWA was enacted and why it's still important today, and examine casework at key points to identify best practice.

The course is designed to be co-facilitated by an OCS Regional ICWA Specialist, a Tribal Partner, as well as a Child Welfare Academy (CWA) Trainer.  Tribes and Tribal organizations are encouraged to have child welfare workers, Tribal judges and/or Tribal council members attend.

For information on a workshop near you, please visit:  http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Pages/icwa/default.aspx