National Child Welfare Association

Government Affairs and Advocacy


December 2014: Child and Family Policy Update

November 2014: Addressing Trauma Testimony to Senate Committee on Indian Affars

October 2014: ICWA Compliance & State-Level Reform Brief Released by NICWA and SPARC

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

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

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.