A 6-year old girl was taken from her foster parents of 4 years for being a fraction of Native American. The only family she knows is now pleading to get her back.
Lexi is 1.5 percent Choctaw Native American, which means that Lexi’s home placement is dictated by the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. This law was put into place to prevent the break-up of Native American homes and was to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families.”
— Victoria Spilabotte (@victoria_spilab) March 21, 2016
According to court documents, Lexi’s birth parents had struggled with substance abuse and after two previous unsuccessful foster homes, Lexi had been placed with Summer and Rusty Page in December 2011. The Page family is the only family she knows and on March 21st, she was ripped from her family and taken to members of her extended and distant family in Utah.
“Our family is so incredibly devastated. Our hearts are broken and we are trying to make sense of everything that has happened with our three other children who witnessed their sister Lexi forcefully ripped away from our family by strangers,” the Page family said in a statement Monday night.
— JASMINE VIEL (@jasmineviel) March 21, 2016