Indigenous Children, Youth, and Families (ICYF) Conference

DCYF's Office of Tribal Relations hosted its 4th annual Indigenous Children, Youth, and Families (ICYF) Conference on Nov. 1-2, 2023, which brought together caregivers, judicial personnel, caseworkers, and tribal partners. This year's theme was "Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future: Healing through Native Traditions and Culture." A host of topics were covered over the two-day conference, from Washington State Indian Child Welfare (ICW) updates to a panel discussion on the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Washington courts system. 

Recordings of these presentations are available on DCYF’s YouTube channel: ICYF 2023 Playlist.

For more information about the ICYF conference, contact the Office of Tribal Relations at

Indian Child Welfare (ICW) Policy Roll Out Trainings

To ensure that these training opportunities fully satisfy the needs of our staff and tribal partners, DCYF has decided to push out the training dates until all components have been finalized. More information will be available toward the beginning of 2024.

In the interim, the ICW eLearning is still available. As a reminder, this course is required for Social Service Specialists 1-5, Program Consultants, Program Managers, and Area Administrators, and is a pre-requisite for the in-person trainings. The deadline to complete the eLearning has been extended to allow everyone the opportunity to view it.

How to Access the eLearning: 

  • For DCYF staff, please access the Washington State Learning Center to register. 
  • For tribal partners, please sign-in to The Alliance website and search for “DCYF Indian Child Welfare (ICW) Policy Roll Out (eLearning)” to take the course. We recommend using Chrome to access this online training.

For more information, please contact your regional ICW consultant.