Tribal Legal Advocacy Training Series: Indian Child Welfare Act
The Indian Child Welfare Act's (ICWA) purpose is "...to protect the best interest of Indian Children & to promote the stability & security of Indian tribes & families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children & placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture." 25 U.S.C. 1902. ICWA issues guidance to States on the handling of child abuse, neglect, & adoption cases of Native children.