Foster parent Rusty Page lost custody on Monday of a 6-year-old girl who had lived with his family for the past four years due to a 1978 federal law mandating that “Indian children” be raised by Native Americans — and now he's speaking out.
Page, who opened up about the ordeal on The Church Boys podcast on Wednesday, explained the ins and outs of the case, becoming emotional at moments as he revealed his ongoing battle to try and make the child, named Lexi, a permanent member of his family.
But as TheBlaze previously reported, Lexi was removed from the care of Page and his wife, Summer, due to the Indian Child Welfare Act, a 1978 federal law aimed at protecting Native American Children; she will be placed with extended relatives in Utah.
Since Lexi was taken from the home, Page said that his family has had no contact with the little girl.
"We have emailed both the social worker and the family in Utah pleading to hear at least how she's doing and where she is and we haven't heard a single thing," Page said.
Listen to him discuss the ordeal below:
Perhaps most shocking was Page explaining that his own wife is a member of a tribe that is the "direct descendants of the Iroquois Indians" — a fact that, if true, is sure to spark additional questions about the case.
Page also discussed what happened after authorities arrived at his front door to take Lexi away.
"We took the opportunity to talk to her in the house and let her know how much we love her, let her know that we were not giving up on her," he said. "All the kids called me Super Man. I'm not sure why, but that's what they do and she asked me to be her Super Man — and as I let go of her she called me, 'Super Man, don't let me go. Don't let them take me.'"
Read more details about the case here.