I have never done a Matching Mondays post, but today I feel compelled to do so.
The past couple of weeks as I’ve searched through profiles of Waiting Children online, there were a few profiles in particular which kept sticking out to me. These profiles had something very specific in common: they featured sibling groups of children of Native American descent who are part of a federally recognized tribe. I must have been born the wrong ancestry because as a prospective adoptive parent who has absolutely no known trace of Native American ancestry in my “boring” pasty white European lineage, but who is drawn to Native American culture and history, I would not be able to make an inquiry about these children due to regulations set forth in the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
HOWEVER, someone else out there might be interested in adopting these children who also meets the following criteria:
- Has a completed home study or foster care license
- Is interested in adopting a sibling group, AND
- You (or your spouse) can provide proof of being part of a federally recognized Indian tribe