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?
Legal Topics: Indian Child Welfare Act – Notice Read the full decision at the National Indian Law Library website.
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
March 17 – Yesterday, the federal District Court for the District of Arizona dismissed A.D. v. Washburn, a case brought by the Goldwater Institute challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act’s Continue reading Court rejects challenge to law safeguarding Native children and families
Although the proceeding only involved one child, it’s being closely watched because the non-Indian foster couple is being represented by the Goldwater Institute. The conservative-leaning organization, which is based in Continue reading Gila River Indian Community Weighs Options After Losing Indian Child Welfare Act Case
Over the objections of a tribe, the state Court of Appeals has allowed a non-Indian family to adopt the child of a Native American mother. Read the full article at Continue reading Arizona Court Upholds Adoption by Non-Indian Family
Synopsis provided by Westlaw: Indian community moved to change child’s custody from foster home to aunt. After an evidentiary hearing, the Superior Court, Maricopa County, No. JD 510468, Shellie F. Continue reading Gila River Indian Community v. Department of Child Safety, December 8, 2015 (Arizona)