Training by topic: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Tribal placements

Bringing our children home: An introduction to ICWA

Learn about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

  • Presented by NARF Executive Director John Echohawk and staff attorney David Gover
  • Format: self-study via video
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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ICWA placement preferences in foster care

Learn about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

  • Presented by Trim Nick, State of Alaska
  • Format: self-study via video
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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Tribal licensing assists: what foster parents need to know

Information about the Tribal licensing assists between OCS and tribes

  • Presented by Shontey Hambrick, State of Alaska
  • Format: self-study via video
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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ICWA impact on foster homes

Understand the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and its impact on your home.

  • Presented by Alaska Center for Resource Families
  • Format: self-study via video
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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What is a federally recognized Tribe?

Learn about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), what a federally recognized Tribe is, and how Tribes in Alaska are determined.

  • Presented by Kevin Illingsworth, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Format: self-study via video
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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What are active efforts?

Learn about what is meant by active efforts in ICWA cases

  • Presented by Kristen Robinson
  • Format: self-study via video
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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Tribal enrollment and the certificate of degree of Indian blood (CDIB) application process

Learn the process for applying for the Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) for an American Indian or Alaska Native child in foster care.

  • Presented by Jenny Dale, OCS
  • Format: self-study via audio
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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The intent and purpose behind the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Learn the history behind the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the intent of this important federal law.

  • Presented by Casey Groat and Leah Warburton, OCS
  • Format: self-study via audio
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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Alaska Native Tribes 101, Alaska cultural groups, Tribes, and Native corporations

Learn the major Alaska Native cultural groups, the tribal breakdown between Alaska Office of Children's Services (OCS) regions, and a short history of the Alaska Native corporations.

  • Presented by Trim Nick, OCS
  • Format: self-study via audio
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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Transfer to Tribal jurisdiction and custody

Learn about the transfer of custody and jurisdiction to the Tribes.

  • Presented by Casey Groat, Tasha Yatchmeneff, and Maria Guerra
  • Format: self-study via audio
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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Permanency and adoption

Learn about the role of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in determining permanency and the place of adoption when it comes to Alaska Native children in state custody.

  • Presented by Trim NIck and Rikki Dubois, OCS
  • Format: self-study via audio
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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Tribal jurisdiction

Learn about tribal jurisdiction in the context of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

  • Presented by Kevins Illingsworth, UAF
  • Format: self-study via audio
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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Tribal courts

Learn about tribal courts and the role it plays in child protection.

  • Presented by Rachel Hanft, Alaska Center for Resource Families
  • Format: self-study via audio
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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Working with the ICWA worker for a child in your home

Learn strategies for working with Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) workers to support children in your home.

  • Presented by Aileen McInnis, Alaska Center for Resource Families, with Assistance from Shirley Martin and Casey Groat
  • Format: self-study via PDF reading (Tiny Training Byte series)
  • Training hours awarded on completion: 1 hour

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ICWA publications

Further your learning about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) by checking out these additional, non-credit-hour publications.

ICWA final rule: Summary of key provisions

Learn the first legally binding federal guidance on how to implement the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

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