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Whose Welfare?

cjurgens Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 1:31 AM
Absolutely tragic. We have two adopted children, and I can tell you, even when everything goes right, it's not an easy process. Maybe laws have changed today, but when we adopted, 22 and 19 years ago, there were plenty of cases in the news where adopted children were taken from their adoptive parents to be returned to a birth parent who changed her/his mind. While unlikely, the fear was real, and only gradually diminished over time. For me, it took about four years before I was no longer worried. But, all that said, my children are wonderful, healthy, loving people, and I cannot understand why Indian children are deprived, in the name of "culture", of a family that would nurture them. Cruel.
AZYaateeh Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:32 AM
You, uh, do know about the Indian boarding schools, right?

That'd be why. No it doesn't make it right, yes it's doing the same thing in reverse, but there is actually a motive here.

If there is ever a contest for the law with the most grossly misleading title, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 should be a prime candidate, because the last thing this Act protects is the welfare of Indian children.

The theory behind the Indian Child Welfare Act is that an American Indian child should be raised in an American Indian culture.

Based on that theory, a newborn baby of American Indian ancestry, who was adopted immediately after birth by a white couple, was at 27 months of age taken away from the only parents she has ever known and given...