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Re: “Baby Veronica case appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

My husband and I brought home a child 26 years ago. Unknown to us, and to the birth mother at the time, the birth father was part Choctaw. Both birth parents agreed that we should be allowed to adopt this child. It took 2 l/2 years for the adoption to be finalized because at some point, the birth father's Choctaw was discovered and the application process had to go through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. At any time during the process, either one of the birth parents could of changed their minds and taken our baby back. We lived in constant fear that this would happen. There was no deceit involved on anybody's part. Here is my take on this...nobody seems to care about the adoptive couple that are reaching out to adopt a child that is being given up for adoption. They are portrayed as evil and selfish. The birth parents have all the rights, can be deceptive, and can simply change their minds and cause many people much pain. This law needs to be changed and the process needs to be shortened. The birth parents need extensive counseling from the BIA at the point they decide to give their child up for adoption. There needs to be a definitive time line during which they can change their minds, and it needs to be closer to 30 days and not 2 l/2 years. The adoptive parents bond with their child and the child bonds with them. Nobody is stealing Indian children, let me assure you. I think that adoptive parents should have some legal protection as well. The end of my story is that we were fortunate to have adopted a child from two moral, honest people and we now have wonderful and open relationships with every relative in the picture. The Capobiancos are victims.

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Posted by lisafromnc on December 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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