Some children have been removed from safe, loving homes and placed in dangerous situations due to the ICWA
Hillsboro, North Dakota (PRWEB) March 27, 2012
The Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare (CAICW) has launched a new online presence in an effort to inform the public about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and its impact on children and families.
Since its inception in 2004, CAICW has served as the only nonprofit entity in the United States advocating for families that face losing their children due to the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Co-founder Lisa Morris has been involved with ICWA research since 1995, when she became interested in the case of a 5-year-old boy who was removed from his adoptive home through a provision in the law.
"The birth mother was non-tribal, and the birth father was an enrolled member. The mother had chosen a loving adoptive family for her son," said Morris. "Another family member initiated a custody battle using the ICWA."
CAICW works to emotionally support families as well as educate child-serving professionals such as guardian ad litems, attorneys and policy-makers on the harmful effects ICWA can have on a developing child’s emotional and psychological well-being.
"Some children have been removed from safe, loving homes and placed in dangerous situations due to the ICWA," said Morris. "We want to see the law changed so that the child’s best interests are accounted for and protected."
The CAICW website, located at http://caicw.org, features news and information on ICWA cases, feedback from families that have been affected by the law, and resources for families that need assistance protecting their children from ICWA misuse.
"We believe safety and stability, equal protection, and equal adoption opportunities should be available to all children, regardless of heritage." said Morris.
Established in 2004, the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare is the only nonprofit entity in the United States advocating for families negatively impacted by the Indian Child Welfare Act. Please visit their website, CAICW.org, for more information.