Again, the absolutely wrong representative. Do you see anyone else who works with ICWA putting out you tube videos? It’s a question of self-promotion that needs to be asked. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=tDjwoWLId-0 Here are some other examples minus the messiah ego, with actual faces and stories of the children. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXbo3-uo12U, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OROtkUNBYqo
This isn’t an easy subject to address Mary, and when I do I’m not inclined to play favorites or minimize anyone’s responsibility, something that seems to upset people.
Chase makes a minimal effort, a fleeting reference, that hints at part of the problem existing within the homes and communities and rightfully makes note of the industry foster homes has become.
What he should be doing in my opinion is giving equal time to those issues and suggesting that in correcting them it would go a long way toward remediation- that however might not gain fb likes or increase site visit numbers….neither of which should be a consideration.
Thanks for the links and input-I’ll add more to this response later.
Those addressing these issues related to South Dakota should be acknowledging the systemic abuse of alcohol and drugs-they should be equally vocal in announcing that something like sixty percent of the children in Pine Ridge are being raised not by their parents, but by their grandparents, and asking why?
Asking if it is the result of bad parenting, alcohol, drugs, or indifference? They should be asking if these issues are addressed and remediated will it turn the tide?
If child welfare is the bottom line issue addressing state intervention then ignoring those issues within the community isn’t going to accomplish a great deal.
There’s a certain amount of drama in saying that South Dakota is ground zero for addressing child protective services and the lack of adhering to the ICWA mandate, the number of indigenous children placed in foster care. Likewise that it is where the line is being drawn-it is in fact an issue that has been addressed by various tribes and their representatives for several years.
Such efforts led to the enactment of ICWA in 1978.
Hopefully those who are will do so selflessly, resist turning it into a fund raising campaign or a platform for personal advancement.
Hopefully they will have the integrity to enumerate the related problems and be as vocal in addressing them.
If we know what type of behavior will lead to state intervention common sense dictates we don’t provide the excuse, and in doing so curtail what can be an abusive practice and interpretation of existing law.
Losing one child as the result of a dysfunctional home is one child too many- no less so than a child being taken for what amounts to commercial reasons.
Our children should not be abused, suffer, or do without anywhere-in their homes, communities, or foster care if that is to be the way of it. No child should.
Our children are ours-so is the responsibility to nurture and provide for them, the two go hand in glove.
I grew up until the age of twelve in the squalor of an alcoholic, abusive father-something I wouldn’t wish on any child. It is estimated that in excess of eighty percent of families in PR alone are impacted by alcohol-seems like someone ought to be making an issue about that.
I know people who have had their children taken from them for that very reason-the parents are not the victims…the children are.