This 5-part miniseries on Indian Child Welfare Law will progressively cover topics to increase both awareness of, and compliance with, the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA). The first two programs, will provide a broad understanding of the difference in tribal cultures, customs, and requirements for membership, as well as the key legal components of ICWA and why heightened legal standards exist for Indian children. The next two programs will address how to properly effectuate ICWA/MIFPA notice and review Indian Child removal standards, including “Active Efforts” and the role of the Qualified Expert Witness. The final program will be a case law update illustrating the consequences of failing to comply with the statutory procedures.
These trainings are intended for judges, referees, prosecutors, attorneys, Lawyer-Guardians Ad Litem, and juvenile division staff. For more information and to register, please see the