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Native American agencies for Native American children: fulfilling the promise of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Author: McMahon, A.; Gullerud, E.N.
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Date 3/1/95
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Sociology-and-Social-Welfare.
Volume/Pages 22(1) p. 87-98
Subject Matter Native Americans
Abstract The Indian Child Welfare Act seeks to protect Indian children from family and cultural disruption. The Act mandates minimum standards for the removal of Indian children and for their placement in foster care. However, a recentnational survey suggests that requirements for Indian foster homes are not being met in public agency substitute care programs. At the same time, Native American child welfare agencies have developed a range of services for NativeAmerican children. The study shows that the intent of the Act will be better served if the case management of Native American children in public agency care is transferred to Native American child welfare agencies. (Journal abstract.)