Category Archives: Child Welfare

Intercept Article on ICWA and the Brackeen Case

Here “Babies don’t get born and run down to the citizenship office and file a petition,” said Matthew Fletcher, director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University. When his own child was born, he and his … Continue reading

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AFCARS Comments Due June 18

Here are the previous posts on the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System. These comments are to tell the federal government (AGAIN) to start collecting basic data on state ICWA cases. While we would like the original rule … Continue reading

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NYT on ICWA and the Brackeen Case

Here

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Tribal Planning Grants for Direct Title IV-E [Foster Care Funding] Posted

Here Deadline is July 15. These are grants for tribes interested in changing their codes and manuals to access direct federal funding (up to 83%) for the administration and training of their social service agencies, and maintenance payments to foster … Continue reading

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Transfer to Tribal Court Case from Colorado [ICWA]

Here is a case that continues to demonstrate the importance of ensuring a state ICWA law allows transfer of cases post-termination. Navajo Nation intervened and appealed the decision to deny transfer (and to move the children back to the former, … Continue reading

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Article on Child Removal Practices in Kentucky

Not sure what’s in the water today, but here. Also, not innovative and I’m going to go with illegal: An investigative report by WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky recently exposed a particularly innovative — although likely illegal — method that the state’s child … Continue reading

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Termination of Parental Rights Case out of Arizona [ICPC]

This case is not an ICWA case, but for those who work in this area, it is a familiar fact pattern, and one of the rare times the appellate court overturned the TPR based on lack of evidence. In addition, … Continue reading

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Active Efforts and Transfer to Tribal Court Case out of Maine [ICWA]

Here. This is a difficult case, but the opinion does a nice job of outlining how a state and Tribe can work together in a state court ICWA case to provide active efforts when reunification with the father would be … Continue reading

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American Indian Children and the Law: Cases and Materials out this Summer

The casebook that had to be rewritten twice in the past four years is finally being published. It should be available in a few weeks, along with a teacher’s manual. If you are interested in a review copy, let me … Continue reading

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2018 Annual ICWA Case Law Update

Here you go!

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