Who We Are

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Our Goals


  • To provide the highest quality of legal services for Indian families
  • To preserve and reunite Indian families who are impacted by the child protection system
  • To collaborate with Indian families and tribes to secure safe and loving homes for their children when out of home placement is necessary
  • To advocate for the best interests of Indian children and their right to maintain family and tribal connections
  • To end the disparities in the number of out of home placements of Indian children

Our Values

  • Justice – a culturally relevant specific and holistic approach to the delivery of legal services
  • Engagement – an active presence in the Indian community
  • Collaboration – a belief that working with each chilld’s tribe is essential; a recognition of the importance and necessity of state, tribal, and county child protection systems
  • Understanding – an ability to promote knowledge and awareness of the significance of the ICWA through historical and cultural perspectives

Our Work

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  • Representing Indian families affected by the child protection system
  • Collaborating with tribes, community services providers, and child protection professionals to provide a responsive and meaningful approach to address our clients’ strengths and struggles
  • Advocating for systematic responses for better meeting the needs of Indian children and families
  • Training focused on compliance with the mandates and spirit of the ICWA
  • Facilitating a national ICWA resource through our website – www.icwlc.org

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See also:

ICWL Annual Report 2013 – PDF

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