Foster Care and Child Issues

Child and foster care within the community are legally complicated issues. The legal system, in regards to Native children, is messy and convoluted as children with Indian heritage are subject to special tribal laws which differ greatly from federal and state laws. For more information, please refer to the links below.

National Public Radio (NPR)

Several articles discuss problems with the Native American foster care system and the tense relationship between government and tribal authorities.

http://www.npr.org/series/141763531/native-foster-care-lost-children-shattered-families

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Child Welfare

This link offers a variety of documents which detail the current state of foster care for Native American children and the concerns that surround it.

https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/americanindian/care/aifostercare/

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Children & Families (ACF)

The ACF provides over $600 million annually to child and family services within the Native American community. This link offers resources and a description of ACF.

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/initiatives-priorities/tribal

 

Benefits.gov – Indian Child Welfare Act Programs

This resource works to increase citizen access to benefit information and help people more easily interact with the government.

https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/795

 

Adopt US Kids

This organization provides tools and resources to help child care programs connect children in foster care with possible families. They also offer advice, links, and resources in regards to adopting Native children and what needs to be taken into consideration.

https://www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/overview/who-can-adopt-foster/families-for-native-children

 

Tribes and States Working Together: A Guide to Tribal-State Child Care Coordination 

This link explains the government-sanctioned Child Care and Development Fund and how U.S. government agencies work with tribal governments to ensure all parties are held responsible for child care and proper distribution of government funds.

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/tribes-and-states-working-together-a-guide-to-tribal-state-child-care

 

National Indian Child Care Association

This association works to provide child care support and funds to tribes across the country.

http://www.nicca.us/