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NCSL State Tribal Institute Webinar
The Intersection between Early Childhood and Child Welfare Policy Convening Highlights
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
Noon–1 p.m. Mountain

The science of brain development has improved our understanding of early childhood development and the opportunity to support children in the earliest years. Research also highlights how children’s development can be impacted by adverse experiences such as abuse and neglect. This webinar will examine these important policy intersections and the implications for Indian child welfare. There will also be a discussion of the modern day effects of historical trauma endured by generations in Indian Country.

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Agenda Introduction and Welcome
The Ingredients for a  Healthy Brain
Pat Levitt,  PhD, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Keck School of Medicine of the
University of Southern California, will discuss the core ingredients of healthy
brain architecture and the risks that early adversity pose for later mental and
physical health.
Overview of Indian Child Welfare
Anita Fineday,  former chief judge, White Earth Tribal Nation/ Managing
Director – Indian Child Welfare Program, Casey Family Programs, will present an
overview of the Indian Child Welfare Act and recent developments in states
related to Indian children and families involved in foster care.

Members of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators will brief the audience on policy options discussed at the November 28 – 30, 2012 NCSL State Tribal Institute on The Intersection Between Early Childhood and Child Welfare Policy Convening  held in Los Angeles.