Bringing Our Children Home: An Introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act [ICWA Video].
Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts. Court Improvement Program. Mississippi Division of Family and Children's Services. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
1 video file (18 min.)
This 18-minute video recording explains the reasons behind the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). It begins with narratives from American Indian adult adoptees who discuss their feelings of loss and attempts to assimilate into White culture. The history and impact of BIA boarding schools are explained and the taking of American children from their families and tribes under the Indian Adoption Project is discussed. The video then highlights the role of the ICWA in saving American Indian families and key components of the law. Statistics on the number of American Indian children in care are shared and the unique strategies used in Tribal courts to preserve families are discussed, including customary adoption. The importance of the collective rights of tribes is also emphasized.
icwa; native americans; adoption; adopted adults; acculturation; cultural differences; tribal social services; family preservation; historical perspective; federal laws