About OICWA- The Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association, Inc. (OICWA) is a 501 C 3 non-profit, membership organization representing the Indian Child Welfare programs in the State of Oklahoma. OICWA's membership includes tribes and individuals dedicated to promoting the well-being of American Indian children, their families, and their tribes. OICWA originated from an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Task Force created in 1981 to address common areas of service and issues among ICWA programs in the state. During initial meetings, members of the Task Force identified needs critical to protecting Indian children in Oklahoma and worked diligently to address those needs.
Perhaps the most significant activity of the Task Force was advocating for the Oklahoma legislature to pass a law supporting the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act. As a result of the Task Force's tireless efforts, the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act was signed into law in 1982. As its members continued to advocate for Indian children and families, the ICWA Task Force evolved into the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association and, in 1984, was officially recognized by the State of Oklahoma as a corporation. Today, through the ongoing dedication from current members, OICWA continues to uphold the original vision and mission of its founding members. As a voice for the Indian Child Welfare programs in Oklahoma, OICWA continues to strive to protect the most vital resource of Indian tribes in Oklahoma - their children.