Monday, January 21, 2013

US Supreme Court Taking American Indian Adoption Case

Ever so often do we hear of adoption cases where a child was placed for adoption unbeknownst to the biological father. In the case of Matt and Melanie Capobianco, a family fighting for custody of their adopted daughter, the US Supreme Court could reshape federal law on the adoption of Native American Children. Read more about this intriguing case on Fox News.

So who does Veronica belong with? Many could argue and challenge the law siding with the Capobianco's allowing their adopted daughter to return home since that is what she knows has home. However, regardless of the Indian Child Welfare Act that protects Veronica's biological father, she rightfully belongs with him. He is her blood. If he would have known about his daughter we must stand in faith that he would have kept his child and she would have never been placed for adoption. The Capobianco's knew what they were up against when adopting their daughter. Their attorney advised the couple about future issues. Bottom line, this was an illegal adoption! Now that a year has passed, Veronica has been with her father for a year. At what point do we put the law to the side and let this father raise his child? This is his daughter. Bond or no bond, the Capobiano's knew what they were up against. It is unfortunate that as adoptive parents they are left heartbroken by a child they love; however, we cannot forget that this baby girl has a father and she deserves to be with him. It is immoral to take this child away from her biological father and pass her off to a family that is not of her blood when there is a father dying to love his daughter as his own.

What are your thoughts? Should Veronica remain with her biological father or be returned to her adoptive parents?

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11 comments:

  1. With her father is where she belongs!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Susie! Right on!

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  2. Veronica belongs with her father. Adoptions of this kind are not about a child or their needs, they are about the entitled adoptive parents. First and foremost, adoption should only occur when the child has no living family or there is no possibility of them remaining with their biological family. When there is a living relative that can take a child, that is where the child belongs. This is not adoption, it is purchasing a product.

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    1. I could not agree with you more. I can only imagine the outrage that surrounds this case. How on earth do we just give a child with living parents new parents? She has a father for goodness sake! I think the adoptive are being selfish and not thinking about the future of Veronica. You are right, they are thinking about themselves. Honestly, what would Veronica say to her adoptive parents when they she gets older and finds out she has a father that wants to be in her life.

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    2. Muzik, there would be, sadly, a lot of hate. First, the mother - this is a given. She made three errors: She gave up her child, she did it without the father's permission, she tried to hide it. Second the father - he did not fight hard enough. Third - the adoptive parents for lying and stealing her life.

      This is not a good mix and never will be. Love can't fix this - and love is not about possession.

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  3. She definitely belongs with her.father, you already know where.I stand on father daughter relationships. While the circumstances maybe a little different the principle and.value.still stands.

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  4. It is immoral to take this child away from her biological father and pass her off to a family that is not of her blood when there is a father dying to love his daughter as his own. True! When I gave Up my son in adoption,my todays husband and father Of the child did Not know Of him. The adoptive parents knew that and they were worry about the future,I was a minor so their attorney hold the adoption papers until I became adult. At the end 15 years later the truth came out,my husband love his child but he has his live w the other family,we have a relashionship with him,,Not totally free like we would love to,,but At least he knows about us,,his parents!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story and perspective with us as a biological mom.

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  5. In this case, the biological father did know about his daughter. He signed away his rights before she was born. (Some states allow that.) He later claimed that he didn't know her birthmother was going to place her for adoption. The tribe is actually more involved in this case than the biological father is. I'm sure we don't have all the details, of course.

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  6. Hey there! I just checked out your blog. I am happy to connect with you. I am sure there is more to this case, and there is only so much the public with know due to the the perspective of the media. I would not doubt that the tribe is heavily involved in this case. I have close friends that live on the Seminole reserve in Florida, and they do all they can to "keep it in the family".

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