Stunning SCOTUS Ruling on Adoption of Native-American Child


Veronica Capobianco

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Four-year old Veronica Capobianco was adopted in South Carolina four years ago. The natural parents gave up the little girl but 4 months later, the natural father changed his mind. He is 3/256th Native-American and he claimed that as a Native-American he had the baby taken away illegally under the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

The natural father originally gave up baby Veronica because he didn’t want to pay child support.

That Indian Child Welfare Act was written at a time when Native-American children were being taken away from their parents to be placed in foster homes or put up for adoption.

Stunningly, the SCOTUS found in favor of Veronica’s adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, in a 5-4 ruling. The court found that Veronica could not be taken away from adoptive parents simply because she was Native-American.

Veronica has been in the custody of the natural father for two years while this case worked its way through the courts. For the two years prior, she was in the custody of the adoptive parents.

The case is not over. It has been sent back to the South Carolina high court for a review.

Every other court found on behalf of the natural father, Dusten Brown.

Read he story at reuters

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