who we are
NICWA is the only national membership organization that works to support the safety, health, and spiritual strength of American Indian and Alaska Native children along the broad continuum of their lives. We support tribes in building the capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect through positive systems change at the state, federal, and tribal levels.
News from NICWA
State of American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families Report
First published online: November 22, 2022State of American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families Report The...
Protect ICWA Campaign statement on Haaland v. Brackeen oral argument
Media Contactmedia@nicwa.orgThe Protect ICWA Campaign released the following statement after oral argument today in...
NICWA News Fall 2022
Quarterly Newsletter 2022 Fall NICWA News "Protect ICWA. Protect Tribal Sovereignty." NICWA News is the quarterly...
who we are
Heart of ICWA
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) protects American Indian and Alaska Native kids in child welfare proceedings by keeping them in the care of extended families or tribes whenever possible. ICWA protects identity, familial network, and sense of belonging-things that all children need. In this multi-part digital storytelling series, The Heart of ICWA, families convey firsthand what happens when the basic protections of ICWA are followed and the devastating consequences when families and children are deprived of these basic rights.