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Full compliance with Indian Child Welfare Act, not its dismantling, is needed

BY TERRY CROSS Published: July 20, 2012

Those who are quick to call for ICWA's undoing should consider the pleas of the approximately 2,000 American Indian parents who contact our organization each year, as well as desperate family members who feel powerless to stop the unwarranted removal of a child. No family should go through the pain of an unnecessary removal, not a birth family or a prospective adoptive family.

A failure to comply with the law led to Baby Veronica's original placement outside of her family and the tragic custody battle that ensued. What's needed is full compliance with the law, not its dismantling.

Cross is executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association.