What is the Indian Child Welfare Act? The National Indian Child Welfare Association has this legislation available on-line as a PDF file. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can read this legislation by clicking on the following link: Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-608). If you need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to download the free software. Otherwise, this legislation is available here in html format.