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ICWA training offered

In 1978, Congress adopted the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) with the intent of actively promoting the continued viability of Indian nations, recognizing that a Tribe deprived of its children could never have a future.

ICWA regulates the handling of cases involving Indian children who come into contact with state courts, including children who enter the foster care system.

Columbia Gorge CASA, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services, is hosting a community training about ICWA June 25, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Water’s Edge in The Dalles. Participants will learn about the history of ICWA; Oregon tribes and culture; and the legal parameters and application of ICWA within the child welfare system.

The training is intended for CASA volunteers, DHS case workers, judges, attorneys, district attorneys, juvenile department staff, and others involved in the child welfare system.

The training will be facilitated by Angela Fasana, court administrator and CASA director for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Fasana has conducted this training nationally and across Oregon.

Representatives from DHS and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will also be participating.

To register, email Susan Erickson at serickson@gorgecasa.org. Seating is limited.

Light snacks will be provided.

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