National Child Welfare Association

Government Affairs and Advocacy


October 2014: NICWA Provides Testimony to Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

September 2014: NICWA Submits Review of Welfare and Best Interests of Indigenous Children Report to UN

August 2014: NICWA Briefs UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Violations of Indigenous Children's Rights

June 2014: NICWA, AAIA Submit Spirit Lake Hearing Testimony

June 2014: NICWA Submits Shadow Report to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Spring 2014:
American Indian Law Journal Publishes NICWA/AAIA Analysis of AC v. BG

June 2014: NICWA Provides Testimony at Fourth Hearing on AI/AN Children Exposed to Violence

May 2014:
NICWA Provides Comments to State Department on UNDRIP

May 2014: NICWA's Tribal Child Welfare Finance Reform Proposal

April 2014: NICWA Provides Second Testimony to Task Force on AI/AN Children Exposed to Violence

April 2014: NICWA Testimony to SCIA on S. 1622

March 2014: NICWA Gives Budget Testimony to House Committees

February 2014: NICWA Requests DOJ Investigation of ICWA Violations / Letter from NICWA, NCAI, NARF, AAIA

January 2014: NICWA Comments on House Preventing Sex Trafficking & Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act

December 2013: NICWA Provides Testimony to Historic Task Force on AI/AN Children Exposed to Violence

NICWA government affairs and advocacy activities are designed to provide advocates with the opportunity, skills, and information needed to improve policies and increase funding for services for American Indian and Alaskan Native children and their families.

We inform advocates and policymakers, facilitate public discussion of the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Children and bring together diverse people and institutions to develop the necessary policy solutions. Most recently we have been working to support changes in the federal child welfare funding system to give tribal governments more secure access to federal child welfare programs and make these programs respond better to the needs of tribal communities.


Legislative bills pending in Congress that have implications for Indian children.

Existing Law

Laws pertaining to Indian children, such as the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Administrative Regulations/Guidelines

Regulations or guidance from federal agencies regarding implementation of specific federal laws or programs.

Guiding Values

The values that guide our work include respect for tribal sovereignty and self-determination, promoting child-centered and family-focused solutions, advocating for social justice and equal access to resources, and honoring cultural and traditional practices. We do this work in partnership with American Indian and Alaskan Native communities, tribal leaders, tribal human service agencies, urban Indian programs, mainstream child advocacy groups, foundations and state and federal agencies.