National Indian Child Welfare Association Law and Legal Definition

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is a private, non-profit, membership organization established to assist Indian programs and communities to strengthen and enhance their capacity to deliver quality child welfare services. It is based in Portland, Oregon.

The NICWA is the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and the only national American Indian organization focused specifically on the tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Indian and non-Indian individuals, tribes, and U.S. private organizations concerned with American Indian child and family issues are all members of NICWA. NICWA’s partners, board, and staff work to protect the children of American Indian people.