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View Diary: Indian Child Removal: Racism, "Perverse Financial Incentives," and Willful Violation of the ICWA (156 comments)

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  •  Financial Incentives re Foster Care (21+ / 0-)

    Thank you for this comment Hannah. It is true what you say about foster care being better funded than kinship care. This is one of the major injustices in SD, and actually across the country. Kinship providers are funded through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families federal program, as opposed to foster care, which is funded differently by the federal government. TANF payments are 1/3-1/2 the amount of foster care payments--and they decrease as a family takes on more children. Why should kinship care providers receive less support than (almost always non-Indian, in South Dakota) foster families? This is perverse, especially since ICWA mandates that kinship care be the preferred method by states.

    •  Lakota Peoples Law Project - I am repeating this (7+ / 0-)

      comment directly to you as Aji told me to contact you for advice. (I didn't know you would post right in this diary!)

      I have a (Counseling) case here in Orange County (22+ / 0-)
      California where DCFS has essentially ignored the ICWA, placing Indian children with non-Indian families and in an institutional setting, even when there are capable, loving relatives to place them with, who are Tribal members.
         One of the kids has been put into the adoption pipeline (with a non-Indian family), tearing him away from his siblings and his extended family, and moving him to another part of the country.
         I wish I knew how to help this family in dealing with a system whose power is unchecked and is accountable to no-one.
         I was a Social Worker in the days when we carefully followed the ICWA here in California, and to see this going on is just maddening.
         But it follows the way "CPS" agencies have drifted away from respect for families (and children) and their Rights, and toward a monetized system where rewards are paid for adoption numbers and such, and laws and Human Rights be damned.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:31:52 PM PST

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