Dusten Brown (baby Veronica case)

In 2009, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, a couple from South Carolina sought to adopt a child whose father, Dusten Brown, was a member of the Cherokee Nation. Brown contested the adoption on the grounds that he was not properly notified in accordance with Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) , and won his cases in trial court and on appeal with the state supreme court.

On October 1, 2012, the adoptive couple petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review the case. On January 4, 2013, the court granted certiorari and heard the case on April 16, 2013. On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision, sending the case back to the state court of South Carolina for further hearings on the issue. On July 31, 2013, the South Carolina trial court finalized the adoption of the child to the adoptive couple, but on August 30. 2013, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the girl would not immediately be transferred from the custody of her biological father to the South Carolina couple who adopted her. The stay was lifted on September 23, 2013 and the child was turned over to her adoptive parents on the same day.
Date: 2009-09-15


Charleston, South Carolina
United States
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Capobiancos Sue Dusten Brown for Nearly Half a Million in Fees2013-09-25
Adoptive parents take custody of Veronica from biological father2013-09-23
Skeptics of Veronica, Desaray cases call for closer look at private adoptions, laws2013-09-21
Trafficking Native Children: The Seamy Underbelly of U.S. Adoption Industry2013-08-27
Baby Veronica's biological family: Court fight will move to Oklahoma2013-08-06
The Gloves Come Off: Civil Rights Suit Filed as Adoption of Veronica Finalized2013-08-01
Veronica’s father vows not to comply with adoption order that harms daughter2013-07-31
Supreme Court rules for couple over baby girl's adoption2013-06-25
Justice Alito Just Wrote the Next Chapter in One of the Best RadioLab Episodes Ever2013-06-25
U.S. Supreme Court reverses S.C. court in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, siding with James Island couple2013-06-25
Supreme Court says Native American child doesn’t have to be given to biological father2013-06-25
Media Failures Lead to Flawed Understandings in Cherokee Adoption Case2013-01-13
Case Pits Adoptive Parents Against Tribal Rights2012-12-24
The Stealing of Our American Indian Children2012-12-22
Broken Home: The Save Veronica story 2012-09-26
South Carolina Supreme Court Permits Biological Father to Take 2-Year-Old From Her Adoptive Parents2012-08-23
Full compliance with Indian Child Welfare Act, not its dismantling, is needed2012-07-20
'Baby Veronica' adoption case lobbyists move to Congress2012-07-11
ICWA law at center of adoption controversy2012-01-23
Native American roots trump in adoption battle over toddler2012-01-08


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