Addressing Indian Child Welfare and Meth Addiction
Few communities have escaped the effects of methamphetaminc addiction on children and families-neither big cities, nor remote Indian reservations. Tribal nations, in particular, face unique challenges concerning meth, including the extreme distances separating tribal peoples from available services, a lack of appropriate activities tor tribal youth, and insufficient law enforcement.
To support tribal child welfare, CWLA participated in a hearing on Capitol Hill before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee last spring to stress the necessity of increasing the partnership of federal, state, and tribal governments in planning and responding to meth.
CWLA submitted testimony on the effects of meth on the child welfare system and made a number of policy recommendations, including the guarantee that tribal representatives will be full partners in developing plans to combat meth use, specifically as it relates to child welfare. CWLA also requested passage of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Act, the reintroduction of the Child Protection/ Alcohol and Drug Partnership Act, and that tribal nations have full access to Title IV-E foster care, adoption assistance, and training funds.
Meth addiction is "causing challenges far beyond regular substance abuse addictions" for tribal nations, said Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) in announcing that he and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) were introducing legislation to expand the meth hot spots designation to tribal areas, and to make Drug Endangered Children (DEC) programs available to tribal communities. …