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Analysis of the Indian Child Welfare Act and its implementation within the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services


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Abstract (summary)

This study consisted of a policy analysis of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and its implementation by the Los Angeles County Department of Children Services (LACDCFS). Analysis of the ICWA included an overview of American Indian history prior to its enactment and passage in 1978. Some of the hardships American Indian families suffered during the Europeans' forced efforts to civilize the American Indian population were identified. Portions of David Gil's 1992 social policy analysis framework were utilized to analyze the act. Policies/procedures of the LACDCFS regarding ICWA mandates were examined.

Findings indicated the systematic destruction of American Indian families during the boarding school/outing systems. The LACDCFS's progress in policy implementation and staff training was described. Lack of resources for the LACDCFS American Indian Unit regarding foster homes to adequately service its clientele keeps LACDCFS from being in compliance with ICWA requirements.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social work
Classification
0452: Social work
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; California
Title
Analysis of the Indian Child Welfare Act and its implementation within the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
Author
Flores, Alma
Number of pages
41
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
6080
Source
MAI 45/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542891793
University/institution
California State University, Long Beach
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.S.W.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1437903
ProQuest document ID
304910580
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304910580
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