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Adoptive Parents of South Carolina 3-Year-Old Still Barred from Seeing Her

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Aug 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Matt and Melanie Capobianco still have not been permitted to meet with their adopted 3-year-old baby girl, Veronica, whose biological father is claiming custody under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued an ultimatum to Veronica's father, Dusten Brown who is a member of the Cherokee Nationto allow the Capobiancos to meet with the girl or Brown.

The Capobiancos are hopeful and vigilant, releasing a statement saying, Although we have not personally heard from Dusten, we plan to continue pursuing the option of facilitation aside from ongoing legal actions.

Brown was charged with custodial interference by the state of South Carolina when he failed to show up to a court-ordered meeting last weekend. Browns decision to remove Veronica from her adopted home is protected under the 1978 legislation aimed at keeping Native American tribes together. This case has raised serious questions about the Indian Child Welfare Act and its relevance to present day jurisdictions and tribal sovereignty.

The case is far from over, though the judge awarded legal custody to the Capobiancos on July 31.

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