6-year-old Choctaw Girl Rightfully Returned to her Family

Alexandria (Lexi) has lived with Rusty and Summer page since she was two. Lexi's biological father is Native American and a tribal member therefore, Lexi is also considered Native American.

The 6-year-old girl's case falls under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. The law was created to protect the rights of tribal families and to help keep them together. In cases that fall under this law, the tribe gets a say in deciding where a child is placed.

The Pages knew from the beginning that Lexi's placement with them would be temporary. In fact, it was over three years ago that Lexi's foster parents were told the girl had to be returned to family. However, they selfishly pursued a lengthy law suit in order to keep the child away from her relatives. She's 6. They were told 3 years ago to relinquish her. She was 2 when they got her. So, they basically took a temporary one year placement, and drug it out until the girl was school aged. They deprived her relatives of precious memories and moments.

People have actually been protesting against the reuniting of Lexi with her family. They feel sorry for her foster parents. Summer page made the following statement after Lexi was removed from her home:
"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."
My issue with Summer is that her children did not have to witness Lexi being "forcefully ripped away." She made the whole situation worst for all children involved, because of her own selfishness and inability to control her emotions. First, if she would not have gone through the drawn out litigation Lexi and her children would not have grown as close as they did. Second, I understand if they are sad, but they don't have to have a big dramatic scene outside their house in front of the children. If my children see me upset and crying dramatically, they are going to get upset and cry too. Even if they don't fully understand what is going on, they are going to be hurt, because I'm hurt. The Pages could have done this calmer. They could have explained things to their children. Instead, they wanted to put on a show for the cameras.
Summer Page and her children watch as social workers take her 6-year-old foster daughter away on March 22, 2016. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Lexi will be living with her Native American father's extended family in Utah. The relatives she will stay with are not Native American. Lexi's biological sister will be living with her in the home. Her Utah family spent years going back and forth from Utah to California for visitations and court hearing. Now they can all finally put this behind them.  The Choctaw Nation believes it is best for Lexi to be with her relatives.
"The Choctaw Nation desires the best for this Choctaw child. The tribe's values of faith, family and culture are what makes our tribal identity so important to us. Therefore we will continue to work to maintain these values and work toward the long-term best interest of this child." -Lisa Reed, public relations executive director for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.



Source: CNN, KTLA5

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