(Stephanie Keith/Reuters)As the Fifth Circuit hears a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), it’s worth considering the damage the ICWA has done.
American Indian children are the most at-risk kids in the country, more likely to suffer from abuse, neglect, alcoholism, drug addiction, and suicide than any of their peers.
The ICWA also imposes race-based limits on the fostering and adoption of at-risk Indian children.
But, again, the ICWA makes Indian children the exception.
It requires that they be placed with “Indian” families — even families from completely different tribes, with whom they have nothing in common — instead of with families of other races.