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American Indian Families and Children Services

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American Indian Families and Children Services (AIFACS) believes in the right of American Indian Children to grow up among their own people. We have a responsibility as a nation to take care of our children. As an organization and a community supporter, we strive to find temporary Care homes for Indian children. The very essence of AIFACS lies in our preservation of heritage, community, and spirit.

In 1978 American Indian people of the United States won a major victory in the area of self-determination with the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This Act outlines placement preferences for American Indian children. Children who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment with a federally recognized tribe must first be placed with a member of their extended family; secondly, with a member of their tribe; and lastly, with a licensed American Indian foster home. It is well documented by the Minnesota Department of Human Services that a disproportionate number of American Indian children are in out-of-home placements (11%) when compared to the racial composition of the State of Minnesota.

American Indian Family and Children's Services (AIFACS) was the first organization in the State of Minnesota to address this need. The American Indian Family and Children's Services (AIFACS) ensures that ICWA is followed, when out-of-home placement is necessary, by licensing family members and tribal members for foster care.

Service Area: 
Minnesota

Location

AIFACS
25 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
United States
Contact Name: 
Sally Higgins
Contact Phone Number: 
651-223-8526 or 1-866-568-2892
Contact E-mail:: 
shiggins@aifacs.org