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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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  •  all children entering the child protective system (14+ / 0-)

    ought to have Guardian ad litems appointed by the Court to represent their best interests.  Not all states have legislation on this.

    •  No, not all. But the ICWA still trumps, legally. (10+ / 0-)

      It's the execution that's lacking.

      And what should be happening is funding to create a system of Indian guardians ad litem who will ensure the true best interests of Indian children, including compliance with the ICWA in all cases.  But that doesn't serve the outside culture's interests, and so I despair of getting sufficient monies allocated for any such purpose.

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      by Aji on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 11:46:52 AM PST

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      •  look at the CASA model (2+ / 0-)
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        Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) train volunteer Guardian ad litems (GAL).  This can be done by a tribe too.  Tribal CASAs could be recruited from current and potential future kinship care providers, could be a grass roots, word of mouth, community activist type of thing especially if working with people who care.  If the tribe has the will but not the dollars, one can still recruit and train volunteer GALS.  The training curriculum can be put together from the internet-so much GAL training material is out there.

        GALs especially if drawn from the ranks of the stakeholders in the community can really make a dramatic difference in the outcome.

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