ICWA Research Group Launches Facebook Page

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A group of researchers who are investigating the Indian Child Welfare Act has created a Facebook community page to distribute information and facilitate discussion surrounding the controversial 1978 law.

She was then removed from a home with caring parents who wanted to raise her from the beginning, with no transitional plan or process enacted

A group of researchers focused on educating the public about a controversial 1978 law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act has launched a Facebook community page to disseminate information surrounding the negative impact this law has had on children and families.

The Facebook page was created by Adam Meyer, a Virginia resident of Native American descent, after he read about the story of a 2-year-old girl in South Carolina who had been removed from a loving adoptive home after her biological father decided he wanted to raise her. The story has received significant coverage in the national media since January 2012, most recently by Anderson Cooper and CNN.

“In that instance the biological father had signed away his rights to contest the adoption and later decided he wanted to raise the child,” said Meyer. “She was then removed from a home with caring parents who wanted to raise her from the beginning, with no transitional plan or process enacted.”

Meyer began tracking that case closely which eventually led to spending many hours researching the ICWA and past cases where children had been removed from homes and placed in dangerous situations. “This law has to be changed. It was originally designed to help keep Native American heritage intact, and since its inception it has done a tremendous disservice to many children it was intended to protect,” said Meyer.

The group intends to keep its community page open for anyone to post information about personal experiences or opinions of the law’s past applications. “Our guidelines concerning visitor conduct are quite simple: conversations must be kept on topic, and no personal attacks,” said Meyer.

The ICWA Research Group is composed of active members from across the United States and Canada who demand that children’s rights be protected and that their best interests are always considered in cases of adoption or custody. Their Facebook community page is located at http://www.Facebook.com/IndianChildWelfareAct.

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