Each year, NICWA hosts the largest national gathering on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) child advocacy issues. With over 1,400 attendees—and growing every year—this four-day conference has become the premiere national event addressing tribal child welfare and well-being. Keynote speakers range from federal officials at the highest level of government to youth with lived experience in child welfare systems.
As part of the conference, Mica Llerandi, Staff Attorney is co-presenting with San Diego County Counsel Evangelina Woo and Emily Harlan. This workshop will use a hypothetical child welfare case to illustrate effective collaboration strategies between Tribes and county child welfare agencies that complies with Federal and California laws, the intent of the ICWA, and serves the best interest of the families. This workshop will include an overview of the inquiry and notice process, information-sharing between tribes and county agencies, Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings, Qualified Expert Witness, collaboration on active efforts, placement preferences and tribal customary adoption.