The purpose of this thesis was to analyze the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 that was passed in response to the high number of unwarranted removal of American Indian children from their families. Analysis of the policy found the Act granted rights to American Indian families and tribes that were previously denied, however, it did not result in better outcomes as American Indian children continue to be overrepresented in the public child welfare system. Findings suggest the Act's failure to decrease the high number of American Indian children removals is a result of its improper implementation due to a lack of training and knowledge of child welfare workers, culturally inappropriate services, legal challenges, insufficient funding, and a lack of oversight. Practice, policy, and future research implications are addressed to strengthen the Act and reduce the overrepresentation of American Indian children in the public child welfare system.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Meyer-Adams, Nancy|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public policy|
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