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Article I. Purpose and Placement Preferences
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The Karuk Tribe’s Tribal Court, when exercising jurisdiction under this Code, shall be known as the “Children and Family Court,” or, alternatively, “the Tribal Court.”

This Code shall be liberally construed and interpreted to fulfill the following purposes whenever possible:

(A) To secure, for each child coming before the Court, the care, guidance, protection and control needed to continue placement in her or his own home where possible, and to serve the welfare and the best interests of the child, the family, and the Karuk Tribal community as well as KTC 10.05.010, which sets forth factors for determining these interests;

(B) To preserve and strengthen the unity of the Karuk family, preferably by only separating children from their parents or siblings when absolutely necessary;

(C) To preserve and strengthen each child’s Tribal, cultural, or ethnic identity whenever possible;

(D) To take such actions that may be necessary and feasible to prevent the abuse, neglect or abandonment of children;

(E) To provide a continuum of services for children and their families, with emphasis whenever possible on early intervention, prevention and community-based alternatives;

(F) To secure the rights and ensure fairness to children, youth, parents, guardians, custodians or other parties who come before the Court; and

(G) To provide a nonadversarial forum for culturally appropriate resolution of child and family welfare issues coming before the Tribal Court. [Res. 22-R-198 Att. A, 11/17/2022; Res. 22-R-037, 2/24/2022; Res. 09-R-062 Title 1 § (1)(A), 4/30/2009.]