Indian Child Welfare
The Indian Child Welfare Program is to strengthen the Oneida Tribe by preserving stability and reuniting Oneida Families through the use of cultural and traditional values.
Oneida Indian Child Welfare recognizes the need to secure a stable environment for children that includes the child’s physical, mental, emotional, cultural and financial wellbeing. Oneida Indian Child Welfare recognizes that protection of the children will build stability and foster strength of the Oneida family. The responsibility to protect all aspects of the child’s environment and revitalize the dignity of Oneida families will foster building a Nation of people for the next seven generations.
Indian Child Welfare (ICW) has been established to prevent the breakup of Oneida families and prevent the removal of Oneida children from their homes. The department is responsible for child abuse and neglect case work, in cooperation with the respective county/state/private agencies. Working under the Federal guideline of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, ICW will work to ensure that out of home placement of Oneida children will be according to the placement preferences as stated in the ICWA. ICW will work to ensure that out of home placement of Oneida children will be according to the placement preferences as stated in the ICWA. ICW will follow a family throughout the case from Intake to Reunification/Permanency. ICW also works with Juvenile diversion and truancy.
Indian Child Welfare services are available to Oneida families with children who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment from birth to 18 years old as stated in the Indian Child Welfare Act and in accordance with Oneida Tribe’s Enrollment policy.