The National Center for State Courts is currently developing a notification system, called ICWA eNotice, that will allow states and tribes to communicate about Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases electronically rather than by postal mail. The Cherokee Nation is piloting this system in collaboration with the County of Los Angeles, California. eNotice is anticipated to improve case outcomes for Indian children and families by enabling state courts to confirm a child’s tribal membership and deliver key services more quickly. Though the Cherokee Nation is the first tribe to implement the electronic notification system, the long-term goal is to implement ICWA eNotice nationwide.
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