SC Court Sends Child Back to Adoptive Family
South Carolina’s Supreme Court Wednesday officially ended the long-winded battle of Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl. Veronica, a baby girl, was adopted by a white couple in 2009 and later the court decided to send her to away from the couple to her biological father, Dusten Brown, using the basis of the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law passed in 1978 allowing a Native American parent to stop an adoption by non-Indians. Last month, this was settled as the U.S. Supreme Court said the ICWA didn’t apply because Veronica’s biological father never had custody of Veronica before he appealed to courts. It then went back to the state supreme court, and will now pass to a lower court, at which point Veronica will be free to go back to her adoptive parents, the Capobiancos.