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01-19-17 The best interests of foster children

01-19-17 The best interests of foster children

New guidelines for implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act aim to clarify regulations and provide examples of best practices. Bureau of Indian Affairs officials say the guidelines will help families, tribes and courts navigate the sometimes inconsistent interpretations of ICWA by different state courts and agencies over the law’s 38 years in existence. The original law intended to keep children with families and tribal members. It’s a landmark of Indian law, but remains controversial among some adoption advocates. We’ll sift through the new guidelines and get an update on some current ICWA cases.