Indian Child Welfare Act
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) (25 U.S.C. §§ 1901 et seq.) is federal legislation which establishes minimum federal standards for state court child welfare proceedings and many other “child custody” proceedings involving Indian children. This legislation affects California dependency, delinquency, guardianship and some family proceedings involving Indian children.
Learn about the new federal regulations governing ICWA.
The Tribal/State Programs Unit of the Center for Families Children and the Courts has developed the resources on this webpage to assist those involved in these kinds of proceedings understand their legal obligations under ICWA and comply with those requirements.
S.T.E.P.S to Justice— Child Welfare: State/Tribal Education, Partnerships, and Services—Information for Tribal Court and State Court Judges. The brochure describes local educational services and other technical assistance for tribal and state court judges.
S.T.E.P.S to Justice— Tribal Customary Adoption in California: ICWA Education and ICWA Tribal Customary Adoption
S.T.E.P.S. to Justice—Child Welfare (AB 12/212) & American Indian/ Alaskan Native Youth
ICWA Information Sheet - NOTICE (DEPENDENCY)