Obama signs bill protecting children in tribal foster care

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Posted: Jun 03, 2016 3:36 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure meant to bolster protections for Native American children placed into the tribal foster care system.

The measure signed Friday requires background checks before foster care placements are made by tribal social services agencies. The agencies will review national criminal records and child abuse or neglect registries in any state in which a would-be foster parent has lived in the preceding five years.

North Dakota's U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the measure ensures that Native American children living on reservations have all of the same protections when assigned to foster care that children living off the reservation have.

Federal experts say some children living on reservations experience a form of post-traumatic stress from exposure to family turmoil.