Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


The Indian Child Welfare Act (I.C.W.A.), P.L. 95-608, became federal law in 1978. Its purpose was to protect Native American children, families and culture. Prior to the passage of the I.C.W.A. Native American children were being placed in substitute care in statistically high numbers The law mandates a system which provides for tribal participation whenever permanent or temporary care is required for Native American children. The I.C.W.A. encourages family preservation and establishes legal protections when children must be separated from their families.

To date little study has been done related to the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act at either the state or federal level. This thesis will review existing research and knowledge on the I.CW.A. and will share the findings and knowledge gained from an exploratory research project completed in support of this thesis.


SC 11.MSW.1994.Dierfeld.DG

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