I guess Sam Spence's style of journalism is anything but impartial. I wonder... just what did these people think they were saving Veronica from? The court system, her adoptive parents, her birth mother, and the adoption agency turned her into a possession - something that was sold by her mother, bought and then collected from the family who loved her by strangers, who then turned around and lashed out at the father with legal action and lawsuits for doing what any father would - appeal legal decisions in an attempt to keep his family together.
Veronica's PERSONHOOD is being ignored by those who have made her the rope in a human tug of war - and I am NOT speaking of the biological father who currently has custody and is keeping her safe. If someone was trying to steal away with my child through an adoption that has many, many questions at best and is fraudulent and unethical at worst, I would be fighting every bit as hard as her father is. I challenge anyone to say they would not do the same were they in his shoes. I also challenge any of you who think he gave up his rights based on his admission of making rash decisions and statements likely spoken in frustration to the truth that everyone has said or done something in anger and hurt that they later regret. Even you. I know as a parent there have been plenty of times I realize I should have done something differently. Let those who have not made any mistakes cast the first stone. Christy Maldonado is the one who is at the heart of all of this hurt, not the father who was ecstatic when he found out she was pregnant. Veronica Brown is not a shiny doll someone found under a cabbage leaf. She is a living breathing child with feelings and emotions. Pictures show a happy, well-adjusted child and a loving father. But for those who are concerned about her welfare... instead of supporting just ripping her away from her life, why not seek her welfare by supporting a best interest analysis and hearing? Both home situations being equally loving and able to provide the basic necessities, the best interests tend to favor the biological parent. I feel sad for the Capabioncos because they fell in love with a child who was not theirs to fall in love with. I'm sad that the child's own mother apparently saw her baby as nothing more than a means to an end (whatever that end turns out to be). I'm sad that a father in this day and age cannot be allowed to raise the child he made in peace. But mostly I am very sad that Veronica is right now still being treated as a possession by those who wanted to adopt her. I hope the questionable aspects of this "adoption" are investigated and those responsible for causing so much unnecessary hurt to all involved pay for their actions. I wish Dusten Brown peace and the ability to raise and love his daughter. And I wish the Capabioncos peace and pray they TRULY put this little girl first and not their need to be her parents above that.
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