Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Adoption Case

A recent South Carolina case was taken to the U.S. Supreme Court after a court order required Matt and Melanie Capobianco to turn over a young girl they had adopted and raised since birth to her biological father, simply because he is an American Indian.  The story of the then two-year-old girl, named Veronica, has been all over national news as people around the country have shared their heartbroken feelings for the Capobianco family, as they have had to give up the daughter they have raised since birth.  Veronica’s biological father stated that because of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, which was intended to prevent Native American children from being separated from their families, he was entitled to custody of Veronica, who is only 3/256th Cherokee.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the court order that required the Capobiancos to return their daughter to her biological father.  An adoption has not been granted to the couple, but the biological father no longer has custody of Veronica.  This very important and tension-filled court case has been returned to the South Carolina state courts for further proceedings.  The case is Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl et al U.S. Supreme Court, No 12-399.

For more information on Tuesday’s court ruling, please visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/25/us-usa-court-custody-idUSBRE95O0V420130625.  For more information on the entire story and case, please visit http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/broken-home/Content?oid=4185523.

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