Indian Child Welfare Act

Because an alarming number of Indian children were removed from their homes and their tribes, in 1978 Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA),a federal law designed to protect Indian families from "abusive child welfare practices that resulted in the separation of large numbers of Indian children from their families and tribes through adoption or foster case placement." ICWA puts in place federal safeguards for the removal of Indian children from their homes to both protect the interests of Indian children, and gives Indian tribes a voice in the process.

 

How Being Separated From My Family and Tribe Affected Me

How Being Separated From My Family and Tribe Affected Me

By Jacqueline Davis, Activist at 10:57am

Today the Supreme Court will hear Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, a case about a South Carolina Indian girl who the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the child must be returned to her Indian father. The child's mother ignored the Indian Child Welfare…

An Important Victory for Indian Tribes

An Important Victory for Indian Tribes

By Peter Beauchamp, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 1:20pm

This week, the ACLU won an important battle on the road toward protecting the rights of American Indian children and their parents and tribes. Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken of South Dakota's federal District Court ruled that a lawsuit filed by the ACLU…

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