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2017 Court Improvement Program (CIP) Indian Child Welfare Act: New Regulations (CIP, J, SJ, CA, M/S, C)

Free Recorded Webcast (July 25, 2017)

Course Description: The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed in 1978 after two years of Congressional hearings determined that Native children were being removed from their families and communities at disproportionately high rates. Since passage, courts around the country have struggled to understand the intent of the law and inconsistent implementation has left many individuals and families feeling frustrated and unable to trust the system. Many workers assigned to ICWA cases have felt similar frustration as terms like “active efforts” and “good cause” have not been adequately defined. In December 2016, federal regulations went into effect adding new requirements for judges. These are the first legally-binding changes since the law was passed. 

This training will cover some of the reasons why this law was passed and why it remains important 39 years later. The first module will provide context and personal accounts of why Congress determined that ICWA was needed and shed light on the intent of the law. The second module will go into both statutory and regulatory language, highlighting new definitions and new findings judges must make on the record in order to be in compliance with the federal regulations. The third module will include case scenarios that will help resolve some of the ambiguities and confusions around the legal requirements.

Who Should Attend: This course is designed for Nevada dependency court judiciary and stakeholders.

Faculty: Victoria Sweet, JD, Program Attorney, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Continuing Education Credit: 2.0 CLE upon completion of Modules 1-3. (Certificate of Completion required to receive continuing legal/judicial education credit.) NOTE: CLE credit for this course is approved through December 31, 2020, and then will be stale dated.

Register: This video requires access to the Distance Education Program's (DEP) secure password-protected website for use by current Nevada judicial officers and court personnel (e.g. active judges, quasi-judicial officers, court employees and retired judges). Returning DEP users, click here. If you are a new user, click here. CIP stakeholders, log in as guest.

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