Indian Child Welfare Act Promotional Video

Indian Child Welfare Act Promotional Video


♪ (Narrator)
The Indian Child Welfare Act is a national priority. Over the last three years, the
federal government has created a taskforce on Native children
exposed to violence, launched an initiative
to promote ICWA compliance, and released
new ICWA guidelines. U.S. District Courts have
upheld ICWA’s protections and affirmed
the procedural rights of parents
in ICWA proceedings. We’ve made progress —
but there’s still work to do. ICWA is challenging
to implement. The court must pursue the well-being
of vulnerable children within a broader
complex of laws. But we can meet this challenge. The Capacity Building Center
for Courts is here to help. We’ve created a number of tools
to support ICWA implementation. Our model
ICWA Judicial Curriculum is designed to help judges
and attorneys navigate ICWA and achieve timely,
positive resolutions. We’ve launched
a community of practice where court improvement programs exchange ideas,
resources and knowledge. We’re developing baseline
measures and instruments to assess compliance. We’ve launched CIPShare,
a virtual crowdsource library accessible to every
court improvement program. And we’re working on
a number of other tools to help you implement ICWA. It’s time to
renew our commitment to Native children,
families and tribes. Join us in the push
to uphold ICWA’s promise. [end]

Daniel Yohans

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