Resources include training curricula and materials for child welfare caseworkers on working with American Indian children, youth, and families, including information on the Indian Child Welfare Act and effective strategies for working with Tribes. Resources include Tribal, State and local examples.
Advanced Indian Child Welfare Act Curriculum: Active Efforts. Trainer's Guide (PDF - 165 KB)
Judicial Council of California (2010)
Presents an advanced curriculum designed to be conducted by an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) expert and an attorney who have experience in this area. It is expected that each trainer will add examples from the trainer's professional and personal experiences to help illustrate the points and clarify the material.
Child Protection in Indian country: A Handbook for Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs
Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Native American Programs (2005)
Provides culturally specific information on child protection investigations and response, training materials and handouts are also provided.
Ensuring the Seventh Generation: A Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Tribal Child Welfare Programs (PDF - 3113 KB)
National Indian Child Welfare Association (2009)
Designed to educate Tribal child welfare workers of the warning signs of suicide, risk and protective factors, suicide prevention and intervention methods, and when such workers should seek professional mental health services.
FACES - Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act [video]
Shenandoah Films (2010)
Provides tips for social workers on implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978.
The Other Side of ICWA: A Cultural Journey to Fairness and Equity
Allen, Orrantia, Lidot, Okamura, White, Quinnett, et al.
Provides training materials designed to build culturally sensitive communication, relationship-building, and needs assessment skills in child welfare workers and other related professionals working with American Indian children and families through increased awareness and attention to cultural traditions, values, and support systems.
Denver Indian Family Resource Center: Research Report (PDF - 1080 KB)
Discusses the activities and outcomes of the Denver Indian Family Resource Center's Rocky Mountain Quality Improvement Center, which was designed to prevent removal and out-of-home placement, or to promote timely return home of Indian children who have become involved with the child welfare system due to parental substance abuse and child neglect or maltreatment.
ICWA Training Videos
Equips child welfare and related professionals with the knowledge and skills to implement ICWA effectively and discusses how each Tribe in Nebraska handles cases in an effort to improve communication and collaboration.