In 1978, Congress responded to the high numbers of Indian children being removed from their homes by passing the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA.
Some non-Indian foster parents who have taken in children from Spirit Lake say they are frustrated and confused by practices that seem not to be in the children’s best interests. They describe — on background, due to privacy concerns and confidentiality agreements— how Indian children are sometimes returned to homes despite clear evidence of drug and alcohol abuse, violence and neglect.
Controversy over the sexual abuse of children at Spirit Lake raises other complications: How extensive, actually, is the problem? What policies, actions or inactions contribute to it? What should be done to better protect vulnerable kids?
Read the full article at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.