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Process Fundamentals

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Initial Inquiry in Every ICWA-Covered Case

Initial ICWA inquiry must be conducted in all child custody cases covered by the act—juvenile dependency, juvenile wardship, family law, and certain probate cases in which the child is or may be removed from the parents and cannot be returned to them on demand. (For details about case types, see Module 2, Initial Inquiry.)

Judge Caution



ICWA does not cover custody disputes between parents or divorce cases in which one or both parents will retain custody.

Initial inquiry in an ICWA-covered case involves both of these steps:

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