Indian Child Welfare

Parents are expected to provide a minimum standard of care for their children. When parents fail to meet this standard, through abuse or neglect, the court may become involved.

In 1978, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), 25 USC § 1901 et seq., which provides a legal basis for protection and services for Indian families and children. The ICWA establishes provisions for placement of such children.

Indian Child Welfare (ICW)

When state courts become involved with families and children are removed from their parent(s)’s care, the Tribe is notified. A child must be an “Indian child” - a child must be under 18 years of age, a member of the Tribe, or eligible for membership and the biological child or a member.

ICW attends court hearings, advocates for Indian children, verifies tribal enrollment, assists with services to the parents and assist with the placement of children.

Promoting Safe & Stable Families (PSSF)

Formerly called Family Preservation and Support, PSSF promotes to enhance family strengths. Services are designed to help families at risk and/or to keep the family together. Client support is also available to ICW clients only to help facilitate reunification.

Foster Home Recruitment

The Seminole Nation maintains a State/Tribal foster care agreement with the Department of Human Services. Persons who are Seminole tribal citizens and reside in the State of Oklahoma; or citizens of a federally recognized tribe and resides in Seminole County may apply to be a foster home for the Seminole Nation.

For information about the Indian Child Welfare Program, call 405-257-9038. The office is located in the Older American Program (OAP) building. The entrance is at the NW corner of the building.

ICW Staff

Tracy Haney, Director                      

Glenna Van Zant, ICW Caseworker

Elizabeth Bible, ICW Caseworker

Jo Walker, Administrative Assistant(405) 257.9038