Tag Archives: Indian Child Welfare Act

Baby Veronica Returned to Adoptive Parents

From Randi Kaye and Leslie Bentz at CNN. The 4-year-old girl at the center of a lengthy, high-profile custody dispute between her Native American father and her adoptive parents has been returned to the couple, an attorney for the biological father said Monday. Earlier in the day, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Dusten Brown, the […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Man Wanted in Custody Case Returning to Oklahoma, www.abcnews.com The father of a Cherokee Indian girl mired in an adoption dispute was ordered to leave an Iowa National Guard base and return to Oklahoma, an Iowa Guard spokesman said Sunday. Brown, who is Cherokee, is charged with custodial interference involving his 3-year-old daughter, Veronica. A […]

Continuation of Indian Child Welfare Act and Recent Supreme Court Decision

Back in April, I wrote a blog piece about a South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision to remove Baby Girl Veronica (Baby Girl) from her adoptive parents and give custody to her biological father, Dusten Brown.  Since then, the adoptive parents, the Capobiancos, have appealed to the United States Supreme Court to reconsider the state court’s […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Attorney Defends Handling of Rape Case, The News Desk Defense attorney Denise Rafferty spent roughly 80 minutes on the witness stand Tuesday, defending her handling of the case against a former Aquia Harbour teen now fighting to get his name off the state’s sex-offender registry. She said she asked Edgar Coker’s parents multiple times for […]

Indian Child Welfare Act and Adoption Tragedy

NPR recently reported on The Indian Child Welfare Act, a piece of legislation that has landed at the center of a contentious U.S. Supreme Court case. The NPR story is entitled, “Adoption Case Brings Rare Family Law Dispute to High Court.“ The Indian Child Welfare Act, was passed in 1978 by Congress to prevent  the […]

Day One of the Juvenile Defenders Summit

Friday was the first day of the National Juvenile Defenders Leadership Summit.  The Center for Children, Law & Policy scholars had the opportunity to meet many practicing defenders and learn practical tips as well as current research and statistics. The breakout session that I enjoyed the most was on the issues facing Native American delinquent […]