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NACC Webinar: Active Efforts and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
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When: Tuesday, February 26th
11:00am Mountain
Where: United States
Presenter: Judge Len Edwards and Vida Castaneda
Contact: Daniel Trujillo
(303) 864-5359

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This free webinar is only available to NACC members and CWLS.  Click here to join NACC and enjoy access to member benefits like this.  The webinar will be recorded for members to view on-demand.


The webinar will focus on the meaning of Active Efforts as contained in the ICWA. It will discuss appellate case law describing Active Efforts, compare Active Efforts to Reasonable Efforts and suggest how attorneys should argue the active efforts requirement in court. 

An article in the most recent edition of The Guardian also addresses these issues. NACC members may access that article in the Jan/Feb Guardian


Webinar Presenters


Vida Castaneda


Vida Castaneda is a Senior Analyst in the Tribal/State Programs Unit with the Center for Families, Children & the Courts and has been employed by the Judicial Council since December 2005. She is multi-ethnic and descendant of the Chumash, Ohlone, Tarahumara and Zapotec tribes. She received her undergraduate degree in 1998 from San Diego State University with a major in sociology and a minor in American Indian Studies. In 2000, she received a Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley specializing in Title IV-E/Public Child Welfare. During the second year of graduate school, she conducted her internship at the Department of Human Services in San Francisco County working with the ICWA caseload and from October of 2000 until  December of 2005, Ms. Castaneda worked in the same county as a child protective services worker on the mental health specialty caseload.


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Vida Castaneda, Senior Analyst

Tribal/State Programs Unit-Judicial Council of CA




Leonard Edwards



Judge Leonard Edwards is a retired judge from the Superior Court, Santa Clara County, where he served for 26 years.  He is now a consultant to courts across the country and in several foreign countries.  Judge Edwards is a former President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  Judge Edwards founded the Juvenile Court Judges of California, the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, the Child Advocates of Santa Clara County, and the Family Drug Treatment Court.  Judge Edwards now teaches and writes.  His books and articles can be accessed on his webpage  


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Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.) 

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