Girl Removed From White Foster Home for Being 1.5% Native American
She has been living with her loving white foster parents for five years. But because of her one and a half percent Choctaw blood, Lexi, who is now six years old was seized by social workers; removed from the only family she knows of, the Pages.
“Don’t let them take me away!”, screamed Lexi, clinging on to her foster father Rusty Page as he reluctantly handed her over to the Department of Children and Families in Santa Clarita.
It was tearful and devastating for her foster parents to have been forced to give up their daughter because of the 1970's ‘Indian Child Welfare Act’. As per the law, Lexi, being part Native American must live with Native American parents. Her foster mother, Summer, burst out screaming “I love you, Lexi” as she was placed in a car with government workers.
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Lexi has been living with the Pages since she was 17 months because her biological mother had a substance abuse problem and her Native American biological father had a far-reaching criminal history.
Lexi is now being placed under the custody of her father’s relatives who, ironically, are NOT Native Americans; just related to her father.
Apparently, the Pages knew that she was Native American and have been fighting for two years to adopt Lexi. According to statement by the National Indian Child Welfare Association, they chose to "drag out litigation as long as possible creating instability for the child".
On Monday morning, protestors holding signs and singing hymns stood in solidarity with the Page family. They were trying to stop the DCF from removing Lexi from the Pages care. Due to the protests, the DFC had to postpone the removal.
The demonstrators were trying to prevent the DCF from coming overnight to remove six-year-old Lexi from Summer and Rusty's care.
Rusty addressed the crowd before Lexi was taken away saying:
"Despite our pleas to the county, we received word the county has every intention of taking Lexi today. And we will, with very heavy hearts, comply with the order and we'll be waiting here for them to come take her".
It is so sad to see a close knit family torn apart because of some laws. Watch the moving video.
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