CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE FOR INDIAN CHILD WELFARE via Crowdrise
December 03, 2012
BENEFITING: CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE FOR INDIAN CHILD WELFARE
No Fluff. We are asking kind people to donate to the legal aid fund for children and families currently being hurt by the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Though proponents of the ICWA argue that the act has safeguards to prevent misuse, multi-racial children across the nation have been hurt by it. As unbelievable as it might seem, children who had never been near a reservation nor involved in tribal customs have been removed from homes they love and placed with strangers chosen by Social Services. Sometimes the homes they are placed in would have been deemed unsafe for children of other heritages.
Many parents and grandparents, tribal and non-tribal, have come to us shocked that this could happen to their children. What many outside of Indian Country don't understand is that MOST children who are enrollable are multi-heritage and have extended family of various heritages - all of whom love and want the best for them.
CAICW has been advocating for families affected by the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) since 2004.
A few Issues of concern:
-- 1) Many Children have been removed from safe, loving homes for no other reason than that it was assumed that ICWA required it - and have been placed into dangerous situations.
-- 2) Some families, Indian and non-Indian, have felt threatened by tribal government. Some have had to mortgage homes and endure lengthy legal processes to protect their children.
-- 3) Equal opportunities for adoption, safety and stability are not always available to children of all heritages.
-- 4) The Constitutional right of parents to make life choices for their children, for children of Indian heritage to associate freely, and for children of Indian heritage to enjoy Equal Protection has in many cases been denied. - -
In the words of Dr. William Allen, former Chair, US Commission on Civil Rights (1989) & Emeritus Professor, Political Science MSU, “... we are talking about our brothers and our sisters. We’re talking about what happens to people who share with us an extremely important identity. And that identity is the identity of free citizens in a Republic…" - -
Read letters from parents, grandparents, foster families, & adoptive families telling how their children have been hurt by the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) http://caicw.org/family-advocacy/letters-from-families-2/