2018 ICWA Institute

Announcing the 2018 ICWA Institute!

In conjunction with the WaCASA conference, the WaCASA ICWA committee is pleased to announce the second offering of our “ICWA Institute” — a two day intensive training program designed for CASA volunteers and staff to be better able to provide best interests advocacy for Native American youth in and out of State and Tribal Court.

The institute will be hosted at the NorthernQuest and Casino (the same venue as our conference) and will take place Nov 1st and November 2nd.  Day one (the Thursday before the conference starts) features a presentation from our friends from the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) to provide a historical perspective and general overview of the factors that lead to the creation of the federal ICWA legislation.

The second day of the training will require those participants seeking certificates of completion to attend three mandatory conference sessions during the first day of the conference:

  • A1:  An Overview of ICWA Laws and Regulations*
  • B7: Relative Search & Native American Inquiry Referral (NAIR) Process*
  • C13:  The ICWA Institute: Putting it all together

There is no additional fee to attend the ICWA institute other than the standard conference fees, details of which can be found here.

To register for the ICWA Institute, we ask that would be participants fill out our brief application which can be found here:

2018 ICWA Institute Application

Applications are due no later than Sept 28th.  Applicants will be notified immediate after that date…or sooner, if we reach our max capacity for the training.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Laura Bentle, ICWA Institiute Chair or Ryan Murrey, WaCASA Executive Director.