WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Today, the South Carolina Supreme Court gave Matt & Melanie Capobianco a victory in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl in remanding to Family Court for prompt entry of an order approving and finalizing Adoptive Couple’s adoption of Baby Girl. The Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare is relieved that Veronica will be returned to the parents chosen by her birth mother, who, according to the SCOTUS, was the only legal parent and had sole right to decide her child’s best interest.
SCOTUS has confirmed that State law determining abandonment trumps the Indian Child Welfare Act. In doing this, the Court has slightly limited ICWA. This is a good first step in the effort to stop the hurt ICWA is causing children and families across the United States.
We have a long way to go to unshackle other families asking for help. To meet their varied concerns, we need the “best interest of the child,” the rights of non-tribal extended family, the “Existing Indian Family doctrine,” and the wishes of all parents who reject tribal jurisdiction to be held in higher regard than the wishes and demands of governments. Our children are not chattel for tribal government.
CAICW continues to appreciate the June 25th concurring opinion of U.S Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in his citing of the work of Rob Natelson, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence, Independence Institute & Montana Policy Institute, concerning the unconstitutionality of the ICWA.
The Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare (CAICW) is both a ministry and advocacy group. CAICW has been advocating since February 2004 for families at risk of harm from the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Our advocacy has been both judicial and educational, as well as a prayer resource for families and a shoulder to cry on.
NOTE: This is the same woman who dominated the Washington Post with her comments after the birthmother Christy posted her Op-Ed and she attacked anyone who expressed their opinion that Veronica stay with her father Dusten…. Read more at American Indian Adoptees: www.splitfeathers.blogspot.com – in response to this group who wishes to disband ICWA… Trace
- Solomon’s Child: How Baby Veronica Came to Be Returned Home After a Long Legal Battle (verdict.justia.com)
- Tribal advocates join custody fight (muskogeephoenix.com)
- Supreme Court Strikes a Hard Blow to Tribal Sovereignty in Adoption Case (colorlines.com)
- Summer of SCOTUS 2013: Comments x Footnotes on #ICWA, #VRA (diasporahypertext.com)
- Supreme Court Interprets the Indian Child Welfare Act Narrowly (lawprofessors.typepad.com)