The CTFC Children’s Commission is a high-level executive body of tribal leaders, judges and subject matter experts who provide the Board of Directors a broad perspective and recommendations to better promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of tribal children and families. Children’s Commission members are appointed by the CTFC Board of Directors.
Protect the Health
California Tribal Families Coalition convenes an attorney advisory committee meeting on a bi-monthly basis that is inclusive of tribal attorneys in the state that regularly have cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.
California Tribal Families Coalition hosts regional meetings of tribal social workers and ICWA advocates. These regional meetings are chaired by tribal social workers and ICWA advocates from those regions. Please contact CTFC to learn who the regional chair is for your area.
In 1978, nearly 40 years ago, the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. §§1901 et seq.
(ICWA), was considered landmark civil rights legislation.
When California later enacted legislation to adopt many of those federal protections into state law – Cal-ICWA – it was another milestone for tribes. Unfortunately, the protections promised in both the federal ICWA and the Cal-ICWA have not been realized.