Social Current Commends Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Indian Child Welfare Act

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June 15, 2023

On June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Social Current applauds the ruling in the Haaland v. Brackeen case because ICWA is regarded as the “gold standard” in child welfare by experts in the field, creating much-needed reform on practices that separated Native children from their families.

“The Indian Child Welfare Act is consistent with best practice and child welfare’s shift towards strengthening families and promoting family preservation,” said Social Current President and CEO Jody Levison-Johnson. “By prioritizing the placement of children within their families, communities, or Tribal Nations, we also prioritize stability and the opportunity to maintain continuity in schools, health care, and community participation. Today’s Supreme Court decision affirms this and ensures that we carry forward the practices and policies that we know create better outcomes for children.”

Related Resources

For more information about ICWA and the Supreme Court case, watch our on-demand webinar featuring Jody Levison-Johnson and Sarah Kastelic (Alutiiq), executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA).

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