Darcie Parton-Scoon Investigation & Consultation

Missing Native Children in Foster Care

Native Children in Indian Youth Services care constitute somewhere
between 35 to 40 percent of the state total children in DHS custody in
Oklahoma. Due to state legislation, missing children in state custody
do not typically have an agency investigating their disappearance.
State law restricts the type of information, and the type of agencies
that the child’s information can be released by DHS. However, children
with tribal membership should have a superseding ICWA case manager who
can, at the discretion of their tribal council, request additional
assistance in finding their missing child when that child no longer
has a family with parental rights to request assistance.  As a member
of the Caddo Nation, and a licensed ICWA foster home, I take this
plight seriously, and will gladly work with federally recognized
tribes to help develop additional protocols and standards to ensure
the safety of Native youth. If you would like to contact me in regards
to help with this as a tribal member, please use the contact us page
to send me your information.