1. The department of human services, in consultation with Indian tribes, shall establish standards and procedures for the department’s review of cases subject to this chapter and methods for monitoring the department’s compliance with provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act and this chapter. These standards and procedures and the monitoring methods shall be integrated into the department’s structure and plan for the federal government’s child and family service review process and any program improvement plan resulting from that process.

Terms Used In Iowa Code 232B.14

  • Child: includes child by adoption. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • following: when used by way of reference to a chapter or other part of a statute mean the next preceding or next following chapter or other part. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" may include the said district and territories. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
 2. A court of competent jurisdiction shall vacate a court order and remand the case for appropriate disposition for any of the following violations of this chapter:

 a. Failure to notify an Indian parent, Indian custodian, or tribe.
 b. Failure to recognize the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe.
 c. Failure, without cause as specified under this chapter, to transfer jurisdiction to an Indian tribe appropriately seeking transfer.
 d. Failure to give full faith and credit to the public acts, records, or judicial proceedings of an Indian tribe.
 e. Failure to allow intervention by an Indian custodian or Indian tribe, or if applicable, an extended family member.
 f. Failure to return the child to the child’s parent or Indian custodian when removal or placement is no longer necessary to prevent imminent physical damage or harm.
 g. Failure to provide the testimony of qualified expert witnesses as required by this chapter.
 h. Any other violation that is not harmless error, including but not limited to a failure to comply with 25 U.S.C. §1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1916, or 1917.
 3. If a petitioner in an Indian child custody proceeding before a state court has improperly removed the child from the custody of the child’s parent or Indian custodian or has improperly retained custody after a visit or other temporary relinquishment of custody, the court shall decline jurisdiction over the petition and shall immediately return the child to the child’s parent or Indian custodian unless returning the child to the parent or Indian custodian would subject the child to a substantial and immediate danger or threat of such danger.