When this custody battle first began she was known as baby Veronica. Now she is almost four, and she is still the center of an intense legal standoff. Veronica's biological father Dusten Brown challenged her adoption using a federal law aimed at keeping Native American families together. But tonight, her adoptive parents the Capobiancos are in Brown's home state of Oklahoma demanding her return, as a court has ordered. 360's Randi Kaye is in Tulsa with the latest.
Veronica should never have been taken from adoptive parents. Biological dad kidnapped this child who no longer belonged to him. He gave her up because he didn't want to pay child support and then emmotionally and selfishly kidnapped her from her parents. This is NOT what the tribal law was intended for. He is using the tribal law to SELFISHLY recover his mistakes.
The state court was correct in following the law when they gave Veronica to her biological father. The U.S. Supreme Court was correct when they changed the way the Indian related adoption laws were applied. The South Carolina court was probably correct when they followed the U.S. Supreme Court opinion and ruled that the adoption was valid, giving Veronica to her adoptive parents. It is NOT in the best interests of Veronica to be uprooted and returned to her adoptive parents. It is in Veronica's best interest to be raised by her biological father. A blood relationship is highly valuable. I don't know what the Oklahoma courts will do. They should determine what is in the best interests of Veronica. No matter what, the adoptive parents should recognize that Veronica is happy and well cared for and should not be uprooted. The adoptive parents should drop their claim in the best interest of Veronica. Anything else is selfish and shows they are not very good parent material.
It seems as if most people feel the adoptive parents should have custody. No one seems to remember that the bio dad initiated his legal intent to have custody when this child was less than 9 months old. The reason this has been dragged out for 4 years is due to the adoptive parents. Don't most adoptions have that agreement that the bio parents have a certain number of months where they can change their minds and that is understood by the adoptive parents? If you are going to adopt children, don't you already know that it is not final until it's finalized?
The Supreme Court ruled ONE aspect of ICWA didn't apply, the REST DOES!
Let biological father to keep his daughter. If you love her set her free to stay where she is now.
Tough situation...I don't think she should have been taken in the first place...how do you explain to a baby why she is being ripped from her only mom and dad she's ever known...with that said I understand her biological dad's stance too. God bless this little girl :)
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