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Indian Child Welfare


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The State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS), Office of Children's Services (OCS) strongly supports the Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) and continues to build federal ICWA mandates into all levels of OCS Child Welfare. We continue to develop positive collaborative and communicative partnerships with all Native organizations and Alaska Native Tribal organizations.


Upcoming Events 

  • Southcentral Region Tribal State Collaboration Group Meeting
    May 4-5 in Kenai, AK
  • “Let’s Talk ICWA” (telephonic event for foster and pre-adoptive parents to learn about ICWA)
    May 5,  4 - 5 pm, 1-800-944-8766  Participant Code 22460# This month’s topic: Difficult Conversations: Bonding in Foster Care Vs. Following ICWA (And Your Questions...) Contact or call Aileen at ACRF in Anchorage at 1-866-478-7307 for more information. This monthly teleconference is usually held the first Thursday of each month from 4 to 5 pm led by Danielle Holt and April Stahl
  • NICWA Training Institute: In-Home Services & ICWA Basics with Guidelines Updates
    May 10–11 in Anchorage, AK
  • Advanced ICWA Training
    May 26-27 in Wasilla, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    June 14-15 in Fairbanks, AK
  • Advanced ICWA Training
    June 16-17 in Fairbanks, AK
  • Native Village of Eklutna Potlatch/Pow-wow
    June 18-19 in Eklutna, AK
  • Advanced ICWA Training
    June 20-21 in Ketchikan, AK
  • Advanced ICWA Training
    June 23-24 in Juneau, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    June 27-28 in Kotzebue, AK
  • Advanced ICWA Training
    June 29-30 in Kotzebue, AK
  • Independent Living Program Question/Answer Forum
    August 4, 9- 10 am, 1-800 315-6338 PIN code 25272# Teleconference to learn more about the Independent Living Program for foster youth or former foster youth ages 16 to 21. Contact Independent Living Program Coordinator, 907 465-8659, for more information.
  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    August 24-25 in Juneau, AK
  • Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention
    October 20-22 in Fairbanks, AK
  • Independent Living Program Question/Answer Forum
    November 3, 9- 10 am, 1-800 315-6338 PIN code 25272#

Tribal Relative and Family Friend Information Forms

These forms can be used by Tribes to provide a list of relatives to OCS and indicate if any extended family members or family friends living in Alaska have requested immediate placement of a child in State custody.  Links to forms for each region are listed below:

Websites that you can look through for current news and information on Indian Child Welfare, Institutional Racism, and Alaska Native issues.  

Quick Facts for Alaska

  • American Indian or Alaska Native is identified as one of the categories of race by the Federal government.

  • There are 229 federally recognized Tribes in Alaska, out of the “Alaska Native” demographic. There are many more Tribes but not federally recognized.

  • There are 10 different ethnicities of Alaska Native people identified.(Athabascan, Yup'ik, Cup’ik, Inupiaq, Unangax/Aleut, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian)

  • There are many different cultures within each Alaska Native ethnicity.

  • There is only one Tribe with Federally recognized reservation status in Alaska (Metlakatla).

  • There are only two Tribes with exclusive jurisdiction in Alaska (Barrow and Chevak).