This Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) training is designed to provide the foundational information necessary to comply with both the letter and spirit of the ICWA. The training also provides substantive law and practice skills necessary to improve outcomes for Indian children and their families. The training covers the background leading to the ICWA, the ICWA requirements, the 2016 Federal Regulations, 2016 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Guidelines, Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA), and Minnesota Tribal/State Agreement (TSA).
The course will be led by Judge Jamie Cork (1st
Judicial District), Jessica Ryan (Hennepin County Adult Representation Services), Justice Anne McKeig (MN Supreme Court), and Shannon Smith (ICWA Law Center).
When attendees have finished this course, they will be able to:
- Recognize the historical, philosophical, and legal requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA).
- Participate in ensuring positive outcomes for Indian children, their families, and tribes.
- Apply the letter of the law and the spirit of ICWA, MIFPA, federal regulations, and Minnesota’s Tribal State Agreement (TSA).
All CJI team members and stakeholders in the child welfare community are encouraged to attend, including judicial officers, court administration staff, law clerks, county attorneys, social workers, attorneys for parents and children, guardians ad litem, and tribal representatives.
Please register using this registration survey
by the registration deadline of Thursday, May 26th.