Indian Child Welfare Clinic – 7098
This is a two semester clinic with for a total of seven credits for two semesters. This clinic focuses specifically on issues under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Class work is in conjunction with the Child Advocacy Clinic.
Each student will handle two to three Indian Child Welfare cases during the two semesters. Cases involve representation of Indian parents in juvenile CHIPs cases (children in need of protection or services) and third party custody/adoption cases involving Indian children. Cases are referred through the Indian Child Welfare Law Center and casework is supervised by Shannon Smith, Executive Director of the Center, and other staff attorneys.