A new report has shed light on how South Dakota violates federal law by seizing Indian children from their families for the purpose of enriching their state coffers.
Investigative news outlet Truthout reported yesterday that South Dakota has claimed 100% of its foster children as ‘special needs’ for the past ten years in order to reel in extra money.
More than half of children in SD’s foster care system are Native American, while they comprise 15% of the child population. Only about ten percent of these children are placed in Native homes, where the majority are placed in sometimes abusive group care facilities or non-Native homes frequently in violation of Indian Child Welfare Act.
Lakota People’s Law Project has found that South Dakota’s foster care system receives $79,000 per Native child per year.
While LPLP first exposed South Dakota’s inhumane manipulation of the foster care system, the report by Truthout shows that “Congress authorized a bonus payment of $4,000 for each foster child, with an additional $2,000 for each “special needs” adoption above the baseline payment of the Adoption Incentives program.”
Therefore, families who adopt ‘special needs’ children can claim a tax credit of $13,400 according to the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Furthermore, SD’s Department of Social Services has contracted with iniquitous organizations such as Youth Services International, which has a deep history of abuse allegations and receives a rate of $52,173 per child per year.
Thanks to investigative journalists like Truthout’s Britney Schultz, our Congressional reports are spreading, and people are realizing that Indian foster children in South Dakota are viewed as money making displaceable objects. LPLP will continue to fight back and raise awareness through our reports and work with tribes. Any support you can provide will take us one step closer to victory.
To learn more about South Dakota’s abuses check out our reports: http://eee.lakotalaw.org/special-reports
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To read the Truthout article visit: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31802-indigenous-children-face-extreme-rates-of-removal-and-state-violence