Emails to the adoptive family from the director of Bright Star Adoptions, an adoption firm for which Petersen served as general counsel, suggest that concerns came up about the firm’s Continue reading Records Show Petersen’s Firm Planned Native Adoption, Raising Legal Questions
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of an Arizona case challenging a law that gives preference to American Indians in adoptions of Native children.The order last week leaves in Continue reading US Supreme Court Denies Review of Arizona Child Welfare Case
The Arizona Court of Appeals ordered a new hearing Thursday over the guardianship of a 6-year-old child who is subject to the Indian Child Welfare Act. The Navajo Nation appealed Continue reading Navajo Nation Wins Appeal in Indian Child Welfare Act Case
A federal appeals court has turned away a closely-watched conservative challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act.The Goldwater Institute sued the federal government and the state of Arizona, arguing that ICWA is racist Continue reading Appeals court won’t rule on challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act
Since the passage of ICWA in 1978, the law has been labeled the “gold standard” for child welfare laws — and not just for Indian children. Policies created under ICWA Continue reading Who Can Adopt a Native Child?
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Under the Indian Child Welfare Act, parental rights can only be severed if it is found beyond a reasonable doubt that the children are at severe risk of harm. Testimony Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Weigh Havasu (AZ) Lawyer’s Case