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Trauma and ICWA: Considerations and Best Practices for Working with Indian Families Affected By Substance Use in Child Welfare Proceedings
September 21, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2022: 12:30-2:00 PM
TRAUMA AND ICWA: CONSIDERATIONS AND BEST PRACTICES FOR WORKING WITH INDIAN FAMILIES AFFECTED BY SUBSTANCE USE IN CHILD WELFARE PROCEEDINGS
Hon Carrie Garrow, Healing to Wellness Court Judge, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Hon Sharon LoVallo, Erie County Family Court
Aimeé L. Neri, LMSW, Statewide Project Manager for ICWA Practices, Child Welfare Court Improvement Project
The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978 in response to the significant traumas Indian Families experienced at the hands of the child welfare system. Recently, there has been a renewed focus on the fallout of Indian Boarding Schools in both the U.S. and Canada, and the unspeakable violence they inflicted on children, families and entire tribal communities. The resulting trauma has been epigenetically passed through generations, many times resulting in individuals developing Substance Use Disorder as a coping mechanism. This program will provide an overview of historical trauma and the impact on Indian Families and communities, particularly at the intersection of substance use and child welfare practices. Strategies for using Trauma Informed Practices and maintaining ICWA compliance will be reviewed when working with Indian Families affected by substance use disorder.