Services are provided to Indian children, consistent with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Washington State Indian Child Welfare Act, in the areas of child protective services, foster care, dependency guardianship, termination of parental rights, and adoption proceedings.
In addition to direct services provided by the administration, additional services are funded through contracts with federally recognized Indian Tribes and other Indian organizations in the state enabling providers to serve their own Tribal members and off-reservation Indians.
DCYF monitors and provides technical assistance to its own staff and contracted Tribes and agencies on compliance with federal and state requirements related to the care of Indian children.
ICW Policy Revision
DCYF is committed to honoring the government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes. As part of our ongoing commitment, DCYF is revising the Indian Child Welfare (ICW) Policies and Procedures Manual, DCYF ICW forms, and ICW trainings to strengthen practice in alignment with the federal and state Indian Child Welfare Acts.
Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Washington State Tribes
Tribal Contact and Coordination Guidelines - Coordinating intake referrals with Washington State federally recognized Tribes when a case involves a family that is, or may be affiliated with a Tribe.