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Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed in 1978 so that Tribes could protect and pass on the cultural heritage and values of the Tribe to their children’s children. The objective of every ICWA Program is to prevent the breakup of Indian families. The goal of the ICWA worker is to limit the separation of these Indian children from their families and culture. The ICWA worker assumes responsibility, on behalf of the Tribe, for the protection, care and well-being of at-risk children who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in the Tribe.


ICWA Program Services may include, but are not limited to:

* Investigation of Child Abuse Complaints
* Foster Care Placement
* Permanency Planning
* Transfer Cases to Tribal Court
* Monitor State Court Cases
* Additional Services on a Case-by-Case Basis


These services may not be available in all Tribes. Services provided are dependent on available funds. For more information on ICWA program services available through Chickaloon Village Traditional Council please contact:


Penny Westing, ICWA Case Manager or Lisa Wade, Health, Education, Social Services Director 
Email: [email protected]                              Email: [email protected]

Phone: 907-745-0794
Fax: 907-745-0709
PO Box 1105, Chickaloon, AK 99674


ICWA Program Links to other organizations that work with children:
> Tribal Law & Policy Institute
> National Indian Child Welfare Association
> Alaska Attachment & Bonding Associates
> Stone Soup Group (Children with Special Needs)
> Grandparents raising grandkids
> Alaska Center for Resource Families
> Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
> Child Welfare Information Gateway



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