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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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