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INDIAN CHILD WELFARE CASE REVIEW TRAINING. “ALL THINGS ARE CONNECTED. LIKE THE BLOOD WHICH UNITES ONE FAMILY”. -CHIEF SEATTLE. Washington State Indian Child Welfare Case Review Training. WELCOME. PURPOSE. Improve quality of practice and compliance with:.

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Indian child welfare case review training

INDIAN CHILD WELFARECASE REVIEWTRAINING

“ALL THINGS ARE CONNECTED

LIKE THE BLOOD WHICH UNITES ONE FAMILY”

-CHIEF SEATTLE



Improve quality of practice and compliance with

PURPOSE

Improve quality of practice and compliance with:


What is different in the Washington State ICWA?

  • Defines “active efforts” and “the best interests of the Indian child”.

  • Requires a good faith effort to determine whether a child is an Indian child and the act applies.

  • Clarifies when a Tribe’s determination on a child’s membership is conclusive and how to proceed if a tribe fails to respond.

  • Defines who can be considered a “qualified expert witness.”


History of icw case review
History of ICW CASE REVIEW

  • Collaboration with Tribal partners began in 2005 to develop the ICW review

  • First ICW review occurred in 2007

  • Second ICW review occurred in 2009

  • The ICW tool was updated in 2011 incorporating elements of the 2011 Washington State ICWA


Principles of the icw case review
Principles of the ICW Case Review

  • Partner with Tribes and Indian Organizations

  • Increase staff knowledge of Indian Child Welfare

  • Improve practice to meet the best interests of Indian children

  • Share practice ideas of what IS working

  • Identify systemic barriers


Combating disproportionality disparity
CombatingDisproportionality&Disparity

2008 Statewide Disproportionality Report Found:

  • Indian Children were 1.6 times as likely to be removed from home.

  • Indian Children were 2.2 times as likely to remain in foster care for over two years.

  • Indian children were less likely to be adopted

    within two years


MAP

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/1C81EECF-EDBA-40D8-B85F-E488EB29885E/0/WTPIVBMapsb_Tribes.pdf



2012 icw case review team
2012 ICW Case Review Team

A BLENDED TEAM OF REVIEWERS:

  • Washington State Tribes

  • Recognized American Indian Organizations (RAIO)

  • CA Social Workers, Supervisors, and Managers

  • Office of Indian Policy Managers

  • Central Case Review Team


Qualifications and characteristics of the indian child welfare case reviewer
Qualifications and Characteristics of the Indian Child Welfare Case Reviewer

  • Minimum of two years experience working in ICW

  • Complete ICW training

  • Culturally responsive

  • Collaborative and open approach


On-Site Review Process Welfare Case Reviewer

  • Large sample-217 cases reviewed in 2009

  • Reviews in six locations across the state

  • Four day reviews

  • Review teams comprised of 10-12 people

  • Tribal and state reviewers read case together to determine ratings

  • Consensus building

  • Review team debrief

  • Exit meeting with staff upon completion


Practice improvement activities
Practice Improvement Activities Welfare Case Reviewer

  • REGIONAL & STATEWIDE REPORTS

  • IDENTIFY IMPROVEMENT GOALS

  • ACTION PLANS


REVIEW TEAM DEBRIEF Welfare Case Reviewer


Review team exit meeting
REVIEW TEAM EXIT MEETING Welfare Case Reviewer

  • Occurs with CA Managers and

  • Social Workers

  • Identifies Strengths and Areas Needing

  • Improvement


8 Welfare Case Reviewer

Inquiry of Indian Status

Active Efforts/ Collaboration with Tribes

Cultural Connections

Dependency

WELL-BEING

PERMANENCY

Placement Preference

Safety


Inquiry of indian status
Inquiry of Indian Status Welfare Case Reviewer

  • Asking mother and father regarding Indian ancestry

  • Inquiry with Tribes to determine Indian status

  • Timeliness


Active efforts collaboration with tribes
Active Efforts Welfare Case ReviewerCollaboration With Tribes

  • ACTIVE EFFORTS WITH FATHER and MOTHER

  • ENGAGEMENT OF CHILDREN

  • JURISDICTION

  • CONSULTATION AND COLLABORATION WITH

  • THE CHILD’S TRIBE

  • FTDM and LICWAC STAFFINGS


Cultural connections
Cultural Connections Welfare Case Reviewer

  • ENCOURAGE INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR INDIAN FAMILIES

  • SUPPORT THE CHILD’S PARTICIPATION IN TRIBAL CUSTOMS AND ACTIVITIES

  • SUPPORT THE CHILD’S CONTACT WITH PARENTS AND EXTENDED FAMILY.


Dependency
Dependency Welfare Case Reviewer

  • NOTIFICATION TO TRIBES PRIOR TO COURT HEARINGS

  • QUALIFIED EXPERT WITNESS


Placement preference
Placement Preference Welfare Case Reviewer

  • IDENTIFY and FOLLOW THE TRIBE’S PLACEMENT PREFERENCE


Safety
Safety Welfare Case Reviewer

  • IS THE CHILD SAFE WHEN LIVING IN THE FAMILY HOME?

  • IS THE CHILD SAFE IN OUT OF HOME CARE?


Well being
Well-Being Welfare Case Reviewer

  • EDUCATION

  • PHYSICAL HEALTH

  • MENTAL/BEHAVIORIAL HEALTH


Permanency
Permanency Welfare Case Reviewer

SUFFICIENT and TIMELY ACTIONS TO COMPLETE THE PERMANENT PLAN


Confidentiality
CONFIDENTIALITY Welfare Case Reviewer

CONFLICT OF INTERERST


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