Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare
The Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, a national non-profit Christian ministry and family advocacy, has been advocating since February, 2004, for families at risk of harm from the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Our advocacy has been both judicial and educational, as well as a prayer resource for families and a shoulder to cry on.
The transformation of a father who leads his family out of despair, away from welfare, and to fight tribal corruption & sovereignty[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_nov18286_001_0.jpg]130Music Ministry in Alberta, Canada 2005
CAICW was often invited to do music ministry on the Louis Bull Reserve in Alberta[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_louisbullnov2005_0.jpg]130Children learning about Jesus, Alberta, Canada, 2005
CAICW was invited several times to teach Sunday school on the Reserve, as well as to help with VBS.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_melissa-cat-3-years-old_0.jpg]150Enrollable child, 3 yrs old, living away from dangers of home rez.
Her father chose to raise her as a Christian ~ away from his home reservation. His biggest concern was that tribal gov't could interfere with his choice.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_p_nationpressclub.jpg]190National Press Club, May 2004, Roland Morris talks about the Indian Child Welfare Act
Against Dr.'s advice, Roland flew to DC. He was afraid for the grandchildren he was raising should he pass. He passed 3 weeks later. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_p_roland5_0.jpg]140Roland Morris shared Jesus Christ in Juarez, Mexico, 2003
Roland participated in street ministry on the west side of Juarez. Jose Compean interpreted Roland's sermon. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_shannonhoferfamilydec2005.jpg]170The Hofer family fought ICWA in Minnesota, 2005 ~ 2006
The Hofer family adopted their son after a very public battle & much prayer. The Hofer's were featured on the Dr. Phil show on a couple occasions.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_michelle-bachmann.jpg]130CAICW in Washington DC, Feb. 2013
Sierra had a chance to tell Rep. Bachmann how she was hurt by the Indian Child Welfare Act while growing up. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_p_afterstreetevangelism_0.jpg]140Christian Ministry, Juarez, Mexico, June 2003
~ Roland looks on as neighbors mingle following a street ministry where he had preached.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_washington-dc-2013_0.jpg]140Families in Washington DC, Feb. 2013, telling their stories
Four families joined us to teach legislative offices what is happening to children & families across the U.S.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_campbell-family_0.jpg]90Sierra joined CAICW in DC in Feb 2013 to tell how ICWA had hurt her
Sierra told how she was torn her from the non-Indian family she loved & forced her into a home where she was repeatedly raped from the age of 10 on. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_p_roland7_0.jpg]110Roland Morris's final trip to Washington DC, May 2004
Roland went one last time to DC, against Dr.'s advice, out of concern for his grandchildren should he pass. He passed 3 weeks later. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_copyofjun03228_0.jpg]150Mother & son in kitchen of children's home ~ Mexico, Dec. 2004
On its 3rd visit to Juventud con Vision, CAICW brought music ministry & Christmas gifts for children and staff.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_roland-fishing-with-andrew-1990.jpg]170Roland J. Morris, warrior for Christ, 1945 ~ 2004
Roland rejected the mantle of victimhood & blame, became personally accountable, & led family away. He & his wife founded CAICW in Feb, 2004. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_001-3.jpg]130Indian Children: Citizens, not Cultural Artifacts:
Across America, children have been removed from homes they know and love and placed in homes chosen by tribal governments.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_dr-william-b-allen_0.jpg]150Dr. William B. Allen - Emeritus Professor, Political Science, MSU and former Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1989)
Having joined CAICW in DC several times, Dr. Allen was Keynote Speaker at the Oct. 2011 Teach In the Senate Comm. on Ind Affairs Hearing Room.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_180296_1760143679397_1113206828_1945546_6444425_n1.jpg]120CAICW in Washington DC, January 2011
Despite being told we will never be heard above the expensive tribal lobbyists, we return again & again, trusting someone will listen.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_thereses-baptism-1994_0.jpg]110Roland Morris prayed relentlessly for all his children, grandchildren, and extended family
Roland wanted nothing more than that his children, nieces, nephews & grandkids know Jesus & live happy, safe lives.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_picture217_0.jpg]150A child eligible for enrollment, but deliberately not enrolled ~ 2007
The mother of this child has chosen not to enroll her in the tribe out of fear of tribal gov't interference.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_johnstonmoorefamilymay2006_0.jpg]160The Johnstons win in court ~ California, 2006
The Johnston family succeeded in adopting their two sons, who had been traumatized by the prospect of being moved from the parents they loved. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_3-kids_0.jpg]180Three enrollable childen, raised away from home Rez
75% of tribal members have left the reservations, taking their kids with them. Many left because the rez was too dangerous & tribal govt to corrupt.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_louisbullnov20056_000_0.jpg]210Sunday School on the Reserve in Alberta Canada
Children enjoying a lesson as CAICW teaches Sunday School on the Louis Bull Reserve, Alberta Canada[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_fh000002_edited.jpg]100Music Ministry at Leech Lake, MN leads to Baptism, 2005
CAICW brought its music ministry to Cass Lake CMA Church. Several people joined them at campfire that night, talking ~ then baptism in the morning.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_p_holdingbaby_0.jpg]190Mother cuddles her newborn
After receiving her Christmas present, this mother told CAICW that she had never been given a Christmas gift before. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_015.jpg]350Baby Veronica Rose ~ July 2011
CAICW was 1st contacted about Veronica in July, 2011. In Oct., 2011, M. Capobianco joined CAICW in DC to teach legislators how ICWA hurts[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_0623071301_0.jpg]110Mother and child resting, 2007
Over the last ten years, hundreds of families have contacted CAICW asking for help to fight the Indian Child Welfare Act.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_a-ca_icw-logo-from-veronica_0.jpg]190Baby Veronica Rose ~ February 2013
CAICW filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl in support of foster and adoptive families.[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_savannah.jpg]130Roland grew up watching members of his family die tragically.
His family was dying of alcoholism, child abuse, suicide, and violence. Like many others, he blamed all the problems on “white people"...[img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_023.jpg]120The best interest of childen in paramount
Multi-racial children who've never been near an American Indian reservation have been denied opportunities for stability, safety and adoption. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_moorekids2007_001.jpg]180Three children, adopted and happy ~
The two boys have minute heritage, but were in danger of being taken. Their sister, who had much more heritage then they, was not. [img src=http://caicw.org/wp-content/flagallery/christian-alliance-for-indian-child-welfare/thumbs/thumbs_daddy-and-sarah-late-summer-1995_0.jpg]150Roland Morris changed himself & those around him ~ Montana, 1995
After watching many of his family suffer & die violently, Roland came to believe that tribal gov't corruption was a huge factor in Rez tragedy.
IT’S ABOUT THE BEST INTEREST OF CHILDREN.
IT’S ABOUT EMPOWERMENT FOR ADULTS.
AN UNSHACKLING FROM VICTIM-HOOD.
Things are not okay – not when there is widespread, yet horribly ignored physical and sexual child abuse occurring every day on reservations across America. Does it happen off the reservation as well? Of course! But that’s another mission and not an excuse to look the other way while documented horrors are happening to children in Indian Country.
It is time to stop it. We often hear the excuse that nothing can be done. “Congress’s hands are tied.” We all know that’s just an excuse from those who are too afraid, too apathetic, or benefiting too much from the status quo to be bothered. It’s time to make children more important than politics and do what is necessary to help and protect them. Would you want your own child to be in the same position some of these children are in, without a hope that anyone is going to help?
WE CARE: The Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare (CAICW), formed for Charitable, Religious, and Educational purposes as both a Christian Ministry and a Family Advocacy, is interested in the total well-being of the individual and Family.
CAICW has ministered with music and teaching in Mexico, USA and Canada since 2004.
CAICW has advocated since 2004 for families at risk of harm from the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Our advocacy has been both educational and judicial, as well as a prayer resource for families and a shoulder to cry on.
We advocate for individuals and parents interested in health, growth and God – yearning for dependence on the Lord and independence from government programs. We are here to support, encourage and educate.
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- Roland J. Morris Home: A long term (12 -24 mos) Christian substance abuse program designed to keep the family unit together, allowing parents and guardians to bring their young children with them during treatment while learning parenting and work skills.
- Indian Child Welfare Act: Though ICWA Supporters say safeguards within the Indian Child Welfare Act prevent misuse, scores of multi-racial children have been hurt. Kids, never involved with the reservation, are forcefully removed from safe, loving home and placed with strangers – sometimes unsafe strangers. These children need help.
“…they came on Saturday morning and took him away. He had just celebrated his second birthday and his second Christmas with our family in Colorado. The screams as they took him away will not go away. I hear them everyday and I try to put them out of my head but still each day I hear him scream, “No, Mama, No!”
“I couldn’t protect him.”