Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
412 State Route 37, Akwesasne
Weekdays, 8;00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Emergency contact: Tribal Police 518-358-9200
Mission: To insure that all child agencies within and outside New York State are complying with the ICWA Federal Law of 1978 when dealing with enrolled or eligible to be enrolled Mohawk Children.
Federally implemented as law in 1978. To protect the best interest of native children when complying with court ordered federal law. It allows for the child’s identity to be established by providing tribal notification so intervention can be made possible through foster care, adoption and a development plan in working with several social service agencies to enhance positive growth for the child and family. When placement of a child is necessary it prefers extended family, or a certified home within the tribal community.