Essay about A Closer Look At The Indian Child Welfare Act Of 1978

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A Closer Look at the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, was enacted by Congress with a goal of protecting Native American children while preserving the family unit (ICWA, 1978). The ICWA was created due to the alarming rates of Native American youth being removed from their homes in comparison to other ethnicities. The Act acknowledges tribal sovereignty and serves as set of recommendations for the removal of Indian children by the child welfare system. However, regardless of the ICWA of 1978 this social problem continues today as American Indian children are still being removed from their homes at alarming rates (Bussey, et al., 2013).
This paper will confront the reasons as to why the ICWA has failed to reverse outcomes for Indian children within the public and private sector. In addition, this examination suggests that amendments, additional funding and supplemental state policies could help further address the issue of Indian child welfare and support the pre-existing Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. Furthermore, this examination should be used to advise professionals on how to best implement the Act to address this social inequity. This is especially important for social workers as they are dedicated to assisting those in need and promote well-being. They are also concerned with the value of social justice and can advocate for their clients, lobby for supplemental changes to the Act and make sure that they adhere to the ICWA…

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