Placement Preference Case out of Nebraska Court of Appeals


In conclusion, we find that good cause exists for a deviation from statutory placement preferences under the ICWA and that the trial court did not err by denying the Tribe’s motion to change placement. Further, the record supports a showing by a preponderance of the evidence that active efforts were made by DHHS to prevent the breakup of the Native American family. Therefore, we affirm the order of the trial court.

The Court cited to the ’79 Guidelines and state law to find ICWA’s placement preferences do not require “strict placement,” but are a “statutory preference” to be allowed “absent good cause to the contrary.”