Title

An empirical examination of the Indian Child Welfare Act and its impact on cultural and familial preservation for American Indian children

Keywords

American IndianChild welfareFamily preservationCultural preservation

Abstract

Cultural and familial ties are crucial for the overall well-being of children. Extant research and permanency planning practices support the reunification of children with their families when possible. In 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was enacted to promote cultural and familial preservation for Indian children, but sparse empirical research has examined the implementation and outcomes associated with this landmark legislation. This article examines the relationship between compliance with ICWA in one Southwestern state and the rate of reunification of Indian children with family or tribal members following out-of-home placement.

Original Publication Citation

Limb, G., *Chance, T., & Brown, E. (2004). An empirical examination of the Indian Child Welfare Act and its impact on cultural and familial preservation for American Indian children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 28(12), 1279-1289.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2004-12

Publisher

Child Abuse & Neglect

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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