Indian Child Welfare

Choctaw Children and Family Services’ Indian Child Welfare program works on behalf of Choctaw Children and families in accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978.  Our social workers join with sate workers and the courts in working to ensure safe and healthy homes for Choctaw children removed from their homes.  This includes finding Choctaw foster and adoptive homes to prevent placement in non-Indian homes.  

The ICWA allows placement preferences for our Choctaw children when they are removed from their home.  When seeking to place a Choctaw child in a pre-adoptive home, the placement preferences are:

  • A member of the child’s extended family
  • A member of the child’s tribe
  • A member of another Indian tribe

The Choctaw Indian Child Welfare program is an advocate for residents in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s 10 ½ county service area – as well as Choctaws nationwide.  Choctaw ICW Oklahoma offices are located in Durant, Hugo, Talihina and Atoka.

Indian Child Welfare Act Frequently Asked Question

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  • What is ICWA, and why was it passed?
  • How does ICWA protect Native American/Alaska Native children and their families
  • Who is covered by ICWA?
  • How do I know if my child is eligible for membership in a tribe?
  • What if my child is Indian, but not part of a federally recognized tribe?
  • What considerations should be made in an ICWA case?
  • Who should you contact if you feel your rights under ICWA are being ignored?
  • What are "active efforts?"  What considerations should be made in an ICWA case?
  • How do I determine if my child is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma?
  • How does a Choctaw family become eligible to adopt a Choctaw child if the family lives outside the Choctaw Nation Service Area, or lives out of state?
  • What is the role of the Indian Child Welfare Worker if the child is located outside the Choctaw Nation's 10.5 county service area or located outside the state of Oklahoma?

Useful Web Links​

Choctaw Tribal Membership Program

Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association Facebook

National Indian Child Welfare Association

National Indian Child Welfare Act

History of the Indian Child Welfare Act

Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

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Our future.

Children and Family Services is committed to the preservation of Choctaw Families and our heritage.

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