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.

 

Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

By Stephen Pevar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU at 10:19am
Imagine entering family court and knowing that what's at stake is the person you hold most dear – your child. Now imagine having a judge tell you that he's removing your child from your custody, from your home. When you ask him why, the judge's replies, "I honestly can't tell you." The judge then signs an order giving custody of your son to Social Services.
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