National Child Welfare Association

Government Affairs and Advocacy


March 2014: NICWA Gives Budget Testimony to House Committees

March 2014: NICWA Meets With DOJ, Issues Second Letter

February 2014: Read NICWA's DHHS FY2016 Budget Recommendations Testimony

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 Input on FY2015 NCAI Tribal Budget Recommendations

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

November 2013: NICWA Voices Support for Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act

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.