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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Saturday in Los Angeles Community Informational Meeting/Luncheon #ICWA #FosterFamilies

Community Informational Meeting/Luncheon
Saturday, July 16: This FREE event is to provide Native Foster Homes for Native children in the foster care system in Los Angeles County. We have had some success and publicity on this through local media for Lisa Smith, a local Cherokee Nation Citizen who has ​​​​opened her home to foster children.
 
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You are invited to attend
Community Informational Meeting/Luncheon
this Saturday, July 16 from 11am to 1pm
at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
840 Echo Park Avenue Los Angeles, near Sunset Blvd and Echo Park Blvd.   

The purpose of this event is to supply information to Native American families who may be interested in providing safe and loving homes to Native American children.  

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is 1978 federal law which mandates placement preferences of Native American children:
  • First – with Family members or non-related extended family
  • Second - Members of their own tribe
  • Third – Members of other tribes
The last resort is placement with non-native foster families.

WE NEED NATIVE HOMES

To ensure proper implementation of ICWA, we must provide Native homes to prevent our children from placement with non-Native families. When Native American children are placed in non-Native homes, they are at high risk of losing their identity, heritage, values, customs, culture and knowledge of their history.

Please join us. Bring your family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and all you know who are Native American and interested in helping to provide a safe and loving home to Native American children.

Lunch is provided – RSVP please call (626) 938-1822 to be included
 
CREDIT: Isabel Avila; Robert Rodriguez (left) and David White run DCFS’ ‘American Indian Unit.’
 
an earlier event

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Thought-provoking and moving 11 October 2012
Two Worlds - Lost children of the Indian Adoption Projects

If you thought that ethnic cleansing was something for the history books, think again. This work tells the stories of Native American Indian adoptees "The Lost Birds" who continue to suffer the effects of successive US and Canadian government policies on adoption; policies that were in force as recently as the 1970's. Many of the contributors still bear the scars of their separation from their ancestral roots. What becomes apparent to the reader is the reality of a racial memory that lives in the DNA of adoptees and calls to them from the past.
The editors have let the contributors tell their own stories of their childhood and search for their blood relatives, allowing the reader to gain a true impression of their personalities. What becomes apparent is that nothing is straightforward; re-assimilation brings its own cultural and emotional problems. Not all of the stories are harrowing or sad; there are a number of heart-warming successes, and not all placements amongst white families had negative consequences. But with whom should the ultimate decision of adoption reside? Government authorities or the Indian people themselves? Read Two Worlds and decide for yourself.

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ADOPTION TRUTH

As the single largest unregulated industry in the United States, adoption is viewed as a benevolent action that results in the formation of “forever families.”
The truth is that it is a very lucrative business with a known sales pitch. With profits last estimated at over $1.44 billion dollars a year, mothers who consider adoption for their babies need to be very aware that all of this promotion clouds the facts and only though independent research can they get an accurate account of what life might be like for both them and their child after signing the adoption paperwork.

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