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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


Washington state indian child welfare case review training

Washington State Indian Child Welfare Case Review Training

WELCOME


Improve quality of practice and compliance with

PURPOSE

Improve quality of practice and compliance with:


Indian child welfare case review training

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


Indian child welfare case review training

MAP

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


Recognized american indian organizations

RECOGNIZED AMERICAN INDIAN ORGANIZATIONS

6


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


Indian child welfare case review training

On-Site Review Process

  • 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

  • REGIONAL & STATEWIDE REPORTS

  • IDENTIFY IMPROVEMENT GOALS

  • ACTION PLANS


Indian child welfare case review training

REVIEW TEAM DEBRIEF


Review team exit meeting

REVIEW TEAM EXIT MEETING

  • Occurs with CA Managers and

  • Social Workers

  • Identifies Strengths and Areas Needing

  • Improvement


Indian child welfare case review training

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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

  • Asking mother and father regarding Indian ancestry

  • Inquiry with Tribes to determine Indian status

  • Timeliness


Active efforts collaboration with tribes

Active EffortsCollaboration 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

  • 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

  • NOTIFICATION TO TRIBES PRIOR TO COURT HEARINGS

  • QUALIFIED EXPERT WITNESS


Placement preference

Placement Preference

  • IDENTIFY and FOLLOW THE TRIBE’S PLACEMENT PREFERENCE


Safety

Safety

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

  • IS THE CHILD SAFE IN OUT OF HOME CARE?


Well being

Well-Being

  • EDUCATION

  • PHYSICAL HEALTH

  • MENTAL/BEHAVIORIAL HEALTH


Permanency

Permanency

SUFFICIENT and TIMELY ACTIONS TO COMPLETE THE PERMANENT PLAN


Confidentiality

CONFIDENTIALITY

CONFLICT OF INTERERST


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