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Requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that sets minimum standards for the removal of Native American children from their homes. The ICWA applies to foster care placements, terminations of parental rights, and adoption and pre-adoption placements. When the ICWA applies to a proceeding, a state court must comply with the requirements of the act.

Child Welfare Agencies' Potential Malpractice Liability for Inadequate or Inappropriate Foster Care Services

If a child welfare agency or caseworker determines that a child needs to be moved into protective custody, the agency's duty to that child is not discharged. The agency or caseworker has a continuing duty to ensure that the child is not mistreated in her foster care home.

Elder Individuals and Social Security

Elder individuals are entitled to receive social security benefits upon turning the age of retirement, which is anywhere between 62 and 67 years of age, depending upon your circumstances and the year that the elder individual was born. Unfortunately for most retired workers the social security money received each month is not enough to live on. Currently, the maximum social security benefit that a retired worker may receive is $1,825 per month at age 65.

School Discipline and Remedies

If it is established that a student was improperly subjected to school discipline there are various types of actions that the student may take.

Common Reasons for a Premarital Agreement

A premarital agreement, or prenuptial agreement, is a written contract between persons who intend to be married. The agreement defines the property rights of the spouses. There are many reasons to make a premarital agreement.

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