From the BIA: The purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is “…to protect the best interest of Indian Children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children and placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture… “(25 U.S. C. 1902). ICWA provides guidance to States regarding the handling of child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children and sets minimum standards for the handling of these cases.

The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah offers ICWA services, coordinating care, referrals, and more.

If you have any questions, or require assistance regarding the welfare of a Native American child, please contact our Family Services department at: 435.586.1112

ICWA in the News

INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT opponents are working their way through the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Meanwhile, states have begun passing legislation and codifying laws to protect Native Americans.

In Utah, legislation is currently in committee. Please check the links below for important documents and updates.

You can also find your state representatives here and urge them to pass Utah’s ICWA bill.