American Indian


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.

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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.


Can Indian Child Welfare Act Block Adoptions? High Court to Hear Arguments

by Lauren Kawana The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving the adoption of a baby of Cherokee descent by two white parents. The South Carolina case, Adoptive Couple v.