The Indian Child Welfare Act provides important protectionsThe Indian Child Welfare Act provides
important protections for Native Children
The Indian Child Welfare Act provides for important protections for Native American children in adoption and foster care placement, and in the termination of parental rights.

Native American Child Adoptions

The Indian Child Welfare Act is designed to protect the integrity of American Indian tribes and the heritage of Indian children.  Prior to this 1978 law, it was common practice to remove children from their families and raise them in non-Indian homes.

In most cases, the act gives tribal courts jurisdiction over child adoption and foster care of Native American children.  There are some times that a state court might have jurisdiction, but even then, there are strict guidelines they must follow.  Tribal courts have established their own guidelines - and every tribe has their own unique differences.

Help Adopting a Native American Child

If you're involved in a case that involves the Indian Child Welfare Act, you must have an attorney who understands Indian law, like attorney Brian Utsey.  He can help you through the sometimes confusing federal and tribal laws concerning Native American adoption.

Your initial consultation is free

Brian Utsey is experienced Arizona and Indian child custody attorney and will explain your options under the Indian Child Welfare Act.  Just call and he'll make arrangements to meet you at a location convenient to you.  He'll answer your questions and give you options concerning case. 

Indian Child Welfare Act Attorney
Brian Utsey's number is 480-538-5024.

Brian Utsey, Attorney at Law, serves clients with family law, estate planning and Indian law concerns in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area including Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Casa Grande, El Mirage, Eloy, Florence, Fountain Hills, Goodyear, Maricopa, Paradise Valley, Queen Creek, & Surprise. We also serve clients from all of Arizona's Indian Tribes: Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa-Ak Chin Indian Reservation, Cocopah Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation.

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