Sunday, June 23, 2013

NCFA Interns Venture to the Supreme Court for Oral Arguments on ICWA

4 NCFA submitted amicus curiae or “friend of the court” briefs for the Supreme Court case, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. The case involves adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who made an adoption plan with the birthmother of a little baby girl named Veronica. The biological father, Dusten Brown, is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Dusten Brown renounced his parental rights via a text message prior to Veronica’s birth, and based on state law he had no parental rights. However, after receiving notice of the pending adoption, he invoked the Indian Child Welfare Act to gain custody of baby Veronica. The Indian Child Welfare Act was created in 1978 in an effort to keep Native American children with their biological families.

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