Indian Child Welfare (ICW) Policy Roll-Out Trainings 

DCYF, in partnership with The Alliance, is excited to launch the much-awaited in-person Indian Child Welfare (ICW) Policy training beginning April 30.

The training reviews the recent revisions that have been made to Washington State ICW policies and procedures, anticipated to go live on July 1, 2024. The training also covers the history of ICW in Washington State, including the state’s 40-year partnership with our 29 Federally Recognized Tribal Nations and our shared goal of improved outcomes for Indian children and families involved in the child welfare system.

How to access the training: 

Visit The Alliance’s training page for a list of training dates in your region. Non-DCYF staff will need to request enrollment to register.

Tribal partners are encouraged to complete the 30-minute online ICW training prior to attending the in-person training. Sign into The Alliance website and search for "DCYF Indian Child Welfare (ICW) Policy Roll Out (eLearning)" to take the course. We recommend using Chrome to access this online training.

For more information, please contact Brandy Otto at

Indigenous Children, Youth, and Families (ICYF) Conference

DCYF's Office of Tribal Relations hosted its 4th annual Indigenous Children, Youth, and Families (ICYF) Conference on Nov. 1-2, 2023, which brought together caregivers, judicial personnel, caseworkers, and tribal partners. This year's theme was "Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future: Healing through Native Traditions and Culture." A host of topics were covered over the two-day conference, from Washington State Indian Child Welfare (ICW) updates to a panel discussion on the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Washington courts system. 

Recordings of these presentations are available on DCYF’s YouTube channel: ICYF 2023 Playlist.

For more information about the ICYF conference, contact the Office of Tribal Relations at