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.