President Obama signs bill to protect Native children in foster care
President Barack Obama signed S.184, the Native American Children's Safety Act, into law on Friday.
The bill requires background checks of all adults in a tribal foster home. The checks must be completed before a child is placed in the home.
"A decade ago, we worked in North Dakota to ensure that all adults living in a foster home were background checked to protect the children in their care, and now we have extended that same safety net for children in tribal foster care in North Dakota and across the nation,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), who introduced S.184 in January 2015, said in a press release. “Starting today, it’s the law of the land."