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ICWA: Delivery Systems and Alternative Solutions

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Kate Breitbarth

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Transcript of ICWA: Delivery Systems and Alternative Solutions

ICWA: Delivery Systems and Alternative Solutions

State Delivery System
Department of the Interior (2014). About us. Retrieved from http://www.doi.gov/whoweare/interior.cfm
Jones, Tliden, Gaines-Stoner (2008). The Indian Child Welfare Act Handbook: A Legal Guide to the Custody and Adoption of Native American Children. Chicago, IL: The American Bar Association
Montana Department of Health and Human Services. (2014a). Services to Native American children and families. Retrieved from http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/cfsd/icwa/index.shtml
Montana Department of Health and Human Services. (2014b). State- licensed private adoption agencies. Retrieved from http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/cfsd/adoption/privateadoptionagencies.shtml
Frichner, G.T. (n.d.). The Indian child welfare act: a national law controlling the welfare of
Indigenous children. Retrieved from: www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/The Indian Child Welfare Act.v3.pdf
US Government Accountability Office. (2004). Indian child welfare act: Existing information on implementation issues could be used to target guidance and assistance to states. Retrieved from http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-05-290
Related- Service Delivery System
Federal Delivery System
Michelle, Brigid, Ashley, Kate, Laura, and Jamie
Local Service Delivery System
Alternative Solutions
Direct Service Delivery System
Agencies that provide direct service,
Services they provide
Strong Points
Weak points
Problems that exist
Problems that exist service providers
Gaps in the services
Levels at which gaps should be address

IPS Statement
Native American children and their families are experiencing a lack of consistent implementation and cultural competency from enforcers of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
Child and Family Services
The Child Protection Specialist
Jurisdiction and the courts (state and tribal)
Qualified expert witness
"Very little money has been appropriated by cngress for funding...[the] implementation of the ICWA," (Jones, Tilden, Gaines-Stoner, 2008, pp. 90).
Guidelines for states in 1979 - Outdated - National Indian Child Welfare Assosiactions annual conference on 4/15/14 - No results yet.
Department of the Interior (DOI)
"Protects natural resources
and heritage, honors
our cultures and tribal
communities, and supplies
energy to power our future,"
(Department of Interior, 2014).
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Overseeing states' compliance with ICWA
Federal law, implemented by states
Lack of placements
State-Tribal relationships
Lack of training
Montana: Child and Family Services Division of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Montana tribal-state relationships
Restating the problem
Normative issues likely to affect alternatives
Aspects of the problem in the system
Historical basis of the problem
What works and what does not work
Forces that cause and maintain the problem
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