Native American Kids Still Disproportionately Represented in Foster Care

From the Seattle Post Intellegencer:

Native American, black kids more likely to end up in foster care
Percentage of whites put in system among lowest


Until he was 17, Charles Goodwin spent most of his teen years living with foster families and interacting with caseworkers who never fully understood him for a basic reason: None shared his Native American heritage.

The state removed him from his dysfunctional home and passed him through the child welfare system, where some foster parents referred to him as an “Injun” and disregarded his cultural interests, he said, while the state ignored his requests for a Native American caseworker.

“I do think that training and cultural awareness regarding the Native community would help,” said Goodwin, a 21-year-old Seattle resident who is part Blackfoot and Keetoowah and also goes by Miskomaengun, his Indian name. “It’s not everything, but it would be a big step.”



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3 Responses to Native American Kids Still Disproportionately Represented in Foster Care

  1. Eomaia says:

    It’s not just Washington, it’s the whole country.
    Too often, Child Protection isn’t so much about protecting children from actual danger as enforcing middle-class white American values.

    70 years ago, Native American children were taken from their families and put in boarding schools with the express intention of teaching them to fit into modern white society.
    Now, Native American children are taken from their families and put in white foster homes. The only thing that’s really changed is the reason given.

  2. If memory serves, only 5% of Native youth who enter the Minneapolis secondary school system graduate with their class.

    That says it all.

    A staggering loss of human capital.

    Where is the work ethic, the family values, the 2-parent household, the idea that with hard work in the classroom comes more than just a degree? Those aren’t ideals for whites or blacks or asians, they are determinants of later success in life. And remember, success has nothing to do with money and everything to do with how you feel about yourself. The person in the mirror and how they relate to oneself.

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