Project Description

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 8:30 am–4:00 pm
Place: McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota

6 BOSW CEUs and 5 CLEs were available for this forum.

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Event Overview

Federal and state laws, as well as agency policies and practice, play a significant role in how we work with fathers in Indian child welfare practice. In this forum, speakers and panelists with differing viewpoints analyzed the legal context of the “Baby Veronica” case for a closer look at father involvement. Practice strategies and policy recommendations were a focal point.


Judge William Thorne

Utah Court of Appeals

 PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Chrissi Nimmo

Assistant Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation

Mark Fiddler

Attorney representing the Capobianco Family

Erma J. Vizenor

Chairwoman, White Earth Nation


Terry Cross

Executive Director
National Indian Child Welfare Association

 A Guide to the Supreme Court Decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (PDF)—Association on American Indian Affairs & National Indian Child Welfare Association The Dr. Phil Show Fact Check (PDF)—National Indian Child Welfare Association

Esie Leoso-Corbine

Social Services Director for Bad River Band of Ojibwe, Wisconsin
Former Administrator in Tribal and County Systems

Mary Boo

Assistant Director
North American Council on Adoptable Children

 “Legal Battle Continues for Veronica” (PDF)—Summer 2013 Adoptalk, North American Council on Adoptable Children


Sarah Deer

Assistant Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law

This forum was offered under the auspices of the First Nations Repatriation Institute; Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota—Duluth; and Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development.