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Welcome Esther Altvater Attean and Misty Sioux Little to the show. We will be discussing the Indian Child Welfare Act and the effects it has within the communities.
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 is Federal law that governs the removal and out-of-home placement of American Indian children. The law was enacted after recognition by the Federal Government that American Indian children were being removed from their homes and communities at a much higher rate than non-Native children. ICWA established standards for the placement of Indian children in foster and adoptive homes and enabled Tribes and families to be involved in child welfare cases. Find resources related to ICWA, including Tribal, State, and local examples .
These communities have suffered greatly from many laws and ACTS that removed children from their communities. This resulted in many children being removed from their Tribes via religion, Boarding schools, adoption and protective services. These efforts are contributing to the continued genocide of these people. Each community has its own historical trauma and history of the government attempting to assimilate their children into society at the complete loss of their culture and identity. They will always come for the children so it is very important for use to understand the tools they use when they come.
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Tonight on The Gist of Freedom www.BlackHistoryUniversity.com, Meet Jamel Robinson! After spending 21 years in the foster care system without being adopted, he beat the odds and is now a successful child welfare reform advocate.
This show is dedicated to Amanda Berry Smith 1837-1915
devoted her life to the ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Her most noted achievement is the opening of the first orphanage for black children in Illinois.
In 1899, the orphanage opened its doors to homeless African American girls. The 12-room brick house that served as the orphanage was the first of its kind in Illinois.
The community at large was receptive to Smith’s evangelical message and supported the presence of the orphanage. By 1910, the building housed 33 children, up from 12 in 1900
In Harvey, Illinois, a suburb founded by temperance groups south of Chicago, Smith took up the duties of the national representative for the WCTU, and wrote her life’s story. An Autobiography: The Story of the Lord’s Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith, the Colored Evangelist was published in 1893. Through book sales, donations, and lecturing fees, she began to raise money for a new cause: an orphanage for black children. She founded and distributed a small newspaper, The Helper, in order to generate publicity and income for the orphanage and other worthy charities
Dona Playton, Faculty Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Clinic, Assistant Faculty Supervisor of the Legal Services Programs, and Assistant Lecturer at the University Of Wyoming College Of Law, will present an overview of this important component of child welfare proceedings. Her presentation will serve as introduction to Part 2 in the series, which will cover the Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases, being released by the Wyoming Children’s Justice Project in January. Ms. Playton will focus upon why having the Practice Guidelines is important and how parent representation is similar and different from other types of legal representation.
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Tonight's special guest is Cheri Roberts from Lincoln City, Oregon. Cheri is a prolific journalist, who suffered many forms of (sexual, emotional and physical) abuse as a child and her series offers voices from other adult survivors supported by leading experts on the topic of pedophilia, incest and molestation. Cheri is a weekly talk-show host and producer for "Challenging the Rhetoric" (#CTR) every Wednesday. She also hosts a special First Thursdays series called, Sickness of Silence (#SOS) addressing childhood sexual abuse. The talk show description explains, "The culture of silence lives on in every generation molding each like the one that came before it. Silence enables abuse, but our words have always held the power to stop it. It is our inability to listen to and share uncomfortable truths that have allowed families to maintain their semblance of normalcy." Cheri suffered abuse as a child, but most notably was sexually abused by several uncle's and a couple of her mother's boyfriends. The sexual abuse began at the age of 3 when Cheri's uncle and aunt became her legal guardians amidst the drug-fueled backdrop of America's sexual revolution. Cheri has spoken openly on the topic of her abuse for decades and feels the shaming of the abuser is also the shaming of the child. As she says, "Shame is what keeps secrets." Outside of her personal life, Cheri is a much endorsed writer, investigative journalist, coach and marketer. As a freelance writer and prominent activist, Cheri lives her life “out-loud” challenging the system with her back turned against the status quo of the failed corporate media.
Cindi Wood, JD and John Chambers, JD, both attorneys from Casper, Wyoming with experience representing parents in child welfare cares, will present an overview of the Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases. The Guidelines are available online on the CJP website - www.courts.state.wy.us/CJP.aspx. The Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases have been developed with CJP support and adopted by the Wyoming Children’s Justice Project Advisory Council. Both Ms. Wood and Mr. Chambers served on the CJP Parent Legal Representation Committee that drafted the Guidelines. Presentation handouts will be available at the CJP Training Series tab one day prior to the session, at the same site, under the “CJP Training Series” tab.
Monday - Release YOUR Pain
Let Go of YOUR Suffering
Break YOUR Silence
Monday’s show is dedicated to survivors who need to take that one step and reveal the truth. Please don’t think of this special step as being exposed to the world and fearing the worst from people if you tell us what happened to you as a child, but instead know that you have been traumatized enough. You never did anything wrong. You deserve and should demand that this load of crap that has been dumped on you be cleaned off of you and out of you!! This trauma is no longer yours!! Take your poisonous secret, put it in a bag and throw it in the trash. It is out, gone and never to return because you can’t be a victim ever again!!! He no longer has that power over you!!
It is very true that the damage that he or she has caused is very real and you probably feel tore up from the floor up, but that is just it! You are now able to heal. You have stopped the damage and the profuse bleeding and the painful recovery begins. The healing path is stretched as far as your eyes can see and in fact, the ending is never seen by our eyes, but the path is a different path. It is a life being surrounded by people who support us and we seek healthy people and make healthier choices.
Welcome! And it all begins with This One Step.
Duane and guest Angela Sherigan, a judge with the Little River Band of Ottawas in Michagan, discuss the issues relative to Indian children and the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. NOTE: The content of this show is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice offered by a licensed attorney.
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With so many different personalities in schools, as parents, we often find ourselves dealing with social problems or other conflicts our children are having with their peers. With the child’s attention being focused on the problem, learning is often compromised. Join the APS teachers as we explore this topic and share tools that can change the difficulties and struggles children sometimes have with their peers.
Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Robin Sizemore, Exec. Director of Hopscotch Adoptions, an international adoption agency with an active kinship adoption program; Lorrin Pekarske an adoption social worker for the Catholic Charities supporting all types of adoptive families, including relative adoptions; and Tim Eirich, an adoption attorney with Grob & Eirich, LLC, specializes in adoption, child welfare cases, and assisted reproduction, and a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
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Creating a Family has many free resources related to this topic on our website at www.CreatingaFamily.org.
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