Partnership Aims to Strengthen Network of American Indian, African-American Kinship Caregivers
As more and more grandparents step up to parent grandchildren, especially in the wake of the current opioid crisis, several organizations are teaming up to create a unique voice and education opportunity for American Indian and African American caregivers.
L.A.’s One-and-Only Native American Foster Mom
Lisa Smith and her two daughters peer out the front windows of their Diamond Bar, California, home. “We were that anxious,” 49-year-old Smith says, recalling that afternoon in March. They see a car pull up, and hurry to the curb.
38 Years After ICWA, Feds to Collect Data on Native American Foster Youth
The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, plans for the first time to collect national data and information about Native American children involved in state and local child welfare systems.
ICWA Is Politicizing the ‘Best Interests’ Determination
“[V]arious debunked mental health theories continue to exert inappropriate influence over the decisions of family courts.” – Nichols (2013) We all agree we want what’s best for children. To do that, we must base our legal decisions on the best possible science.
American Indian Grandparents Parenting Their Grandchildren in Michigan
American Indian grandparents are part of the growing phenomenon of becoming the sole providers of care for their grandchildren. This study uses 31 individual interviews and 27 focus groups with these caregivers in Michigan to assess the strengths and needs of American Indian grandparents, as well as to gauge the impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act.