Each year, NICWA hosts the largest national gathering on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) child advocacy issues. With over 1,400 attendees—and growing every year—this four-day conference has become the premiere national event addressing tribal child welfare and well-being. Keynote speakers range from federal officials at the highest level of government to youth with lived experience in child welfare systems.
NICWA provides meaningful programming to conference attendees, creating a space where participants can learn about the latest developments and best practices from experts in the field and from one another. Participants represent a cross-section of fields and interests including child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice service providers; legal professionals; students; advocates for children; and tribal, state, and federal leaders.
Our conference goals are to:
- Highlight successful strategies for developing effective services
- Reveal the latest and most innovative child welfare and children’s mental health service delivery practices
- Highlight tactics and strategies for financing and sustaining services that impact children
Showcase strategies for involving youth and families in developing services and policies that lead to systems change
- Create peer-to-peer networks that will assist each other in the work toward permanency for all AI/AN families
- Share the latest research on the well-being of AI/AN children and effective child welfare and children’s mental health services, practices, and policies