The purpose of this thesis was to present a policy analysis of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a federal law that was passed in 1978 in response to the disturbingly high number of Native American children being removed from their families, tribes, and cultures by nontribal child welfare agencies. The major findings of study indicated that ICWA has not resulted in better outcomes for Native American children involved in state child custody proceedings. Native American children are still being removed from their homes at a significantly high rate and are still overrepresented in the nation's child welfare system.
The study findings suggested that lack of access to federal child welfare funding, lack of a comprehensive system to review ICWA compliance, and lack of cultural competence among child welfare workers were the principal reasons for the poor outcomes. The study's importance to social work practice and recommendations for future research are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public policy, Native American studies|
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