Priscilla Stone Sharp, I hope it is not over. I hope the rumors about the investigation into the corrupt judge are true. I hope and pray that all the corruption is brought to light. I would be over joyed to see everybody involved have to explain their actions in a REAL court of law, because I believe there was an injustice here. I believe that the are major implications on ICWA, and possibly non-native family law as well. I still find it hard to believe that an "adoptive" couple would feel it was ok to try to take a man's biological daughter after knowing he wanted her. The C's remind me of a child I seen in a Walmart a few years ago, a child was wanting a toy, the mother told the child no, so the child sat down and started crying and kicking their feet saying "I want it, I want it" and never stopped till the mother caved in and gave it to the child.
Terrible journalism, SC family court did rule that ICWA was applicable, but also ruled that EVEN IF IT DIDN"T the father still had rights because he was a thwarted father.
SC family court declares Indian Child Welfare Act applicable
I didn't even read the whole article, the first picture said it all, EVERYBODY knows the text message was inadmissible as evidence. You would think that just the basic facts would be presented, especially now that it is over.
I have followed this case as well. I have read court transcripts and listened ti the opinion of many. As a father of three and a grandfather of one, I proudly stand by Dusten and my people, the Cherokee Nation. I feel ICWA is very important and should be honored in every case, and I mean ICWA as a whole. I know to well there are deadbeat dads who do not want their kids, but the actions of Dusten prove that he is not that type.
Now with all that being said, I am also an adoptee, I have lived through the foster care scene as well. I had to experience the torment and grief of saying goodbye to my sister as her new adoptive parents took her away and my foster parents telling me to get to school minutes after, while I was internally dealing with an emotion that would be equal to dealing with a death.
I do feel for the C's in a sense, but Veronica Brown is with her dad. I do feel that the C's should be upset, but they should be upset with the bio mom, the adoption attorneys and the adoption agency. They all knew that they presented a baby as adoptable, knowing full well that they had not yet received the consent from the father. Did they make any attempt to find him prior to birth, or during the first 4 months, it would have been very easy, he was stationed at Ft. Sill. Instead they waited until just days before his deployment. The absence of the biological father's signature should have been a big red flag. The C's should use all their resources to suit the adoption agency and attorneys for their wrongdoings. People say he didn't want her, if that is the case then it would have been very easy to sit him down and explain everything in detail and then let him sign with full knowledge.
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