Resources for Tribal/State Court Collaborations

Tribal / State Forums in the U.S

Tribal/State Agreements in California

Effective October 1, 2009, Public Law 110-351 provides Indian Tribes with the option to operate a foster care, adoption assistance and, at tribal option, a kinship guardianship assistance program under title IVE of the Social Security Act (the Act). The Federal government would share in the costs of Tribes operating an ACF approved title IVE program. Public Law 110351 requires that ACF develop interim final rules after consulting with Tribes and affected States on the implementation of the tribal plan requirements in section 479B of the Act and other amendments made by the Tribal provisions in section 301 of Public Law 110351. The law requires that such regulations include: (1) Procedures to ensure that a transfer of State or Tribal responsibility for the placement and care of a child under a State title IVE plan to a Tribal title IVE plan occurs in a manner that does not affect the child's eligibility for title IVE or title XIX Medicaid and such services or payments; and, (2) the in kind expenditures from third party sources permitted for the Tribal share of administration and training expenditures under title IVE.  For more information, click here.

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On March 14, 2007, California and the Karuk Tribe, the first Tribal/State agreement in California.

On May 26, 2010, California and the Yurok Tribe sign the second Tribal/State agreement in California.

Court Appointed Special Advocates

Criminal Protocols

Cross-Deputization Agreements

Domestic Violence Agreements

Child Custody- ICWA and Transfer Agreements

Sonoma County Indian Child Welfare Act Protocol. Sonoma County Inter-Tribal ICWA Roundtable, a collaboration between the Sonoma County Human Services Department, Sonoma Superior Court, Sonoma County Probation Department, and Sonoma County tribes, including Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Cloverdale Rancheria, Lytton Rancheria, Dry Creek Rancheria, Stewarts Point Rancheria and the Mishewal Wappo Tribe, a variety of tribes from Mendocino County, including the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians, Coyote Valley Rancheria, Manchester/Point Arena Tribe, and Indian service providers, including Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Friendship House, American Indian Child Resource Center, and the Indian Child & Family Preservation Program (ICFPP)
Dry Creek Rancheria and Sonoma County
Mendocino County ICWA Protocol
ICWA Standing Protective Order

Juvenile Delinquency Agreements

Tribal/State Agreements in Other States

Joint Jurisdiction Court Resources