Indian Child Welfare Act

Indian Child Welfare Act


Hi there, here is our latest question:
“Dear Auntie, I would like to know what are the laws that protect indigenous
families all over the Americas?” Well you will hear about the Indian Child Welfare
Act or ICWA when talking about indigenous families in North America.
This was in response to the separation and sometimes forced removal of native
children from their families and communities with the intent to
assimilate and therefore wipe out tribal communities through colonization. In more recent times research has found that 25 to 35 percent of all native children
were being removed. Of these 85 percent were being placed within families
outside of the community even when there may have been fit and willing families
available, the relatives. So ICWA was initiated in 1978 with the intent to
protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability
and security of Indian tribes and families. And then ICWA was revised again in 2016 by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. You can also learn more about it from
the National Indian Child Welfare Association or the Bureau of Indian
Affairs. So I hope this helps and thanks for writing in, bye 🙂

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