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8/26/2021

Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program, a group of 11 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.

8/18/2021

Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 11 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.

The ICWA Law Center staff.

5/17/2021

Minneapolis Lawyers Rely on ‘Gold Standard’ Law to Keep Native American Families Together

To examine the Indian Child Welfare Act and its impact, The Imprint reviewed summaries of 40 cases handled last fall by a leading nonprofit law firm in Minnesota, where Native American children are removed from their parents at a rate unseen elsewhere in the country. The review revealed that the federal law has a clear benefit for the children it is designed to protect — and without it, those rights would be greatly diminished.

4/14/2021

Concerns Over Equity as Minnesota Crafts Foster Care Prevention Plan

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.
Minnesota child welfare leaders have been meeting with community stakeholders and advocates on establishing a new foster care prevention plan, built around the use of new federal funding available for that goal. 

Youth Services Insider

4/8/2021

Federal Court Ruling on Indian Child Welfare Act Goes in Several Directions

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In a complex ruling that seems destined for the highest court in the land, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals went in several directions on the fate of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which was passed in the 1970s at a time when between a quarter and a third of all Native children were being removed from their families. 

3/11/2021

New Mexico House Passes State Indian Child Welfare Act

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New Mexico lawmakers took a step this week toward further ensuring the rights of the state’s Native American children who get caught up in the child welfare system. The State Indian Child Welfare Act measure, which passed the state House of Representatives on a vote of 53-15 on Monday, mostly mirrors federal legislation that passed in 1978, but it expands protections somewhat and ensures that even if the federal law is watered down in the future, the rights of New Mexico’s Indian children and families won’t wane.House

10/12/2020

A County-Tribal Partnership to Improve Family Experience with Courts

A Minnesota tribal community and county have announced a partnership that aims to better serve Native parents and kids in family and criminal cases through more coordinated court processing. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Itasca County, located in northern Minnesota, will design and pilot family-centered solutions for people in criminal or dependency court cases.

truth commission

10/7/2020

Truth Commission Proposed on Indian Boarding School Policy

Under legislation introduced in Congress recently, the United States would officially own up for the first time to its attempt to eradicate Indigenous culture through its policy of forcibly separating Native children from their parents and “civilizing” them in Christian boarding schools. 

9/13/2020

A Plan To Train Child Welfare Workers on American Indian Rights

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Less than 2% of Minnesota’s population is Native American, according to Census data. But the most recent federal child welfare data shows more than one-third of children in the state’s foster care system were identified as being at least part American Indian in 2019.