Saturday, January 12, 2013

Adoption Case Involving Baby Veronica and American Indian Dad Gets Supreme Court Review

 From  ABA Journal Post of Debra Cassens Weiss

The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an adoption dispute that concerns a toddler named Veronica and a father who is American Indian.  The father initially renounced his parental rights through a text message.
"The Supreme Court granted cert on Friday, report the New York Times, SCOTUSblog and The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. Matt and Melanie Capobianco are seeking the return of the daughter they adopted at birth who, at the age of 27 months, was ordered returned to her biological father. Though the father initially renounced responsibility for baby Veronica, he sought her return when he learned the mother had given up the girl for adoption.
At issue is whether a law designed to preserve American Indian families applies when a noncustodial father relinquishes rights to a non-Indian mother. The law, the Indian Child Welfare Act, seeks to keep children within Indian families and tribal settings in custody disputes.
The case is A. How Appealing links to a story on the case in Charleston City Paper." More.

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