Matt and Melanie Capobianco spoke exclusively on AC360 about their reaction to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Baby Veronica's adoption. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 the adoption was proper and did not intrude on the federal rights of the father, a registered member of the Cherokee tribe.
The Capobiancos have only heard their adoptive daughter's voice once since the courts ruled in favor of her biological father. The couple transferred custody to Dusten Brown in 2011 on New Years Eve. "Just not knowing you know how she was doing. We don't know how she was feeling. It's been pretty awful," Melanie said the pain of being cut out of Veronica's life has been terrible.
The couple has only had minimal contact with Brown about how Veronica's adjusting in a new home, and said "The only thing we've ever known is what's been put in the papers, thats the only pictures or information we've ever gotten."
The president of the National Congress of American Indians released a statement on the ruling: "While we are pleased the court has upheld ICWA, we’re very disappointed for Dusten, Veronica, and the Brown family that the court has ruled to send the case back to the South Carolina courts on a technicality. However, the courts in South Carolina have previously affirmed that Dusten Brown is Veronica’s father and that he is a fit parent. We are confident that his parental rights will be upheld, and that Veronica will stay with her family."
Melanie said her family still has some way to go but that today's ruling was a "huge win." The couple intends to finalize Veronica's adoption in South Carolina court. They have not made any homecoming plans yet, but Melanie and Matt said they want her home with friends and family.
Read more about case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, a Minor Child Under the Age of Fourteen Years (12-399)
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