Indian Child Welfare Act: Hearing Before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, Second Session on S. 1976 ... May 11, 1988, Washington, DC.

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1988 - 241 pages
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Page 202 - You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies, but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
Page 202 - Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
Page 123 - Congress hereby declares that it is the policy of this Nation to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children from their families...
Page 130 - The Congress hereby declares that it is the policy of this Nation, in fulfillment of its special responsibilities and legal obligation to the American Indian people, to meet the national goal of providing the highest possible health status to Indians and to provide existing Indian health services with all resources necessary to effect that policy.
Page 170 - ... members are all non-profit, voluntary organizations guided by volunteer board members and staffed predominantly by professional social workers. In addition to providing technical assistance to its member agencies, NCFA works for the development of adoption-friendly policies and practices by public and private institutions. It also speaks and publishes for adoption and maternity services agencies as well as those families and individuals touched by adoption. NCFA...
Page 42 - The Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior or the designee of the Assistant Secretary.
Page 210 - Indian reservation is an unsuitable environment for a child and that the pre-adoptive parents were financially able to provide a home and a way of life superior to the one furnished by the natural mother. Counsel was successful in returning the child to her mother. Ironically, tribes that were forced onto reservations at gunpoint and prohibited from leaving without a permit, are now being told that they live in a place unfit for raising their children.
Page 201 - Because of poverty and discrimination Indian families face many difficulties, but there is no reason or justification for believing that these problems make Indian parents unfit to raise their children ; nor is there any reason to believe that the Indian community itself cannot, within its own confines, deal with problems of child neglect when they do arise. Up to now, however, public and private...
Page 163 - A Review of Child Psychiatric Epidemiology With Special Reference to American Indian and Alaska Native Children.
Page 189 - In any voluntary proceeding for termination of parental rights to, or adoptive placement of, an Indian child, the consent of the parent may be withdrawn for any reason at any time prior to the entry of a final decree of termination or adoption, as the case may be, and the child shall be returned to the parent.

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