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February 22nd, 2012
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Video: Adoption custody battle for Veronica

Adoptive parents are appealing a ruling that forced them to give their baby to her biological dad. Randi Kaye reports.

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  1. katie

    as a native i am on his said 100% and hope he get his sweet little baby Veronica and like Jr Thundercloud said us native are on his side...

    February 24, 2012 at 1:12 am |
  2. Jr Thundercloud

    As a Native Man i feel for him and that he should get his baby 100% there is 2 side of this and only one side is being told. I HOPE TO GOD THAT HE GETS HIS BABY YOU GO DAD AND FIGHT YOU HAVE ALL THE NATIVE PPL ON YOUR SIDE!!!!!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  3. Elizabeth Freebird

    The child belongs with her father. icwa's a federal law, not always followed by the courts. State of California took my kids and placed them with 2 heroin addicts, one of which is not even an american citizan. I am an enrolled member of the minnesota chippewa tribe, so I'm glad to see the ICWA law being followed at least somewhere in America, cause they sure don't follow it in California.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  4. lisa

    That is a very sad story.. the adoptive parents need to be able to see their little girl

    February 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  5. Valerie

    Once a parent makes the decision to give away their parental rights they cannot go back. This is a child not an unthinking, unfeeling belonging that can be passed around as if on craigslist. If the biological father really loves the child he would leave her in the only home she has known and just ask to be a part of her life. You can't go back on a decision like that and he should live with the consequences for Veronica's sake.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:14 am |
    • Lawinia

      I agree with Valerie. A baby comes first. It is not a piece of furniture that can be moved around. Besides, a father who gives up his parental rights (4 months after Veronica's birth) does not qualify to be a father. Ethnicity makes no difference. Raising a child requires unconditional love and commitment. He had none of the two while they should have been the most natural thing for him. After all, HE IS the biological father. It is cruel and downright dumb to let a little baby get separated from the only mommy and daddy she has known simply because some law says it. Law is for people, not people for law. If law doesn't work, it needs to be changed. I pray for Veronica and her true parents – not the ones who aren't mature enough to take responsibility for their actions and think they can keep changing their mind whenever they want. Why do kids in America SO OFTEN need to pay for adults' mistakes?

      February 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  6. Cecilia T

    I do feel for the adoptive parents but the "smoke signals, red flags" should have been obvious the moment they found out the child was part native American and that it was the mother that said the father wanted to reliquish his parental rights, on top of that an American Soldier;s child. I'm sorry but if you really want to give love to a child there are many that are older but still need loving parents because their parents don't and have not ever given a damn about them. Adopt one of them first. I don't know whether the child's mother was white but the courts will side with the Native American Soldier father.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:33 am |
  7. Jeri Donaldson

    Thanks so much for helping in this fight and airing an important news item. Sometimes the small things like children are forgotten. Hopefully this little girl will be home with the family that has raised and loved her. The father signed his rights away and shouldn't use such laws to opps change his mind. Please continue keeping this fight alive.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  8. Pat kranbuhl

    If CNN can promote return of this child to adoptive parents, then all is not lost.....this ruling to return her to an environment
    that will do nothing for her future and welfare, is outdated, uncivilized and undemocratic. This adoptive family
    has provided her with a llife and future....outrageous that our adoption laws are so unweildy.

    February 22, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  9. Mona Buckheart

    Anderson,
    Contra to the African American person who provided her opinion regarding this news story (adoption custody battle for Veronica), not ALL Native Americans who are enrolled as a member of a federal recognized tribe have resided or will ever reside on a reservation. Residing on a reservation is NOT a requirement to be an enrolled tribal member of a federally recognized tribe. It might behoove you/CNN to do some research on Native Americans because you all have an obligation to provide accurate information in your reporting. Thank you from a proud enrolled member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada.

    February 22, 2012 at 2:14 am |
  10. raymond sinclair

    what is the 1950's? im sure the adoptive parents are good people but the fact is the baby belongs with the father. speaking as a american idian i think there has been enough of our children taken..."in the best interest of the child"....look to canadians 60's scoop

    February 22, 2012 at 1:53 am |