Put politics and primaries aside for a minute and read about Veronica Rose. Veronica was born on September 15, 2009. Her adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco were specially chosen by her biological mother. They were even present for her birth and Matt cut the umbilical cord as an official welcome for his new daughter. With two loving parents, Veronica was sure to have a happy life growing up on James Island.
Veronica’s biological father, Dusten Brown, filed for custody when she was four months old and shortly thereafter the Cherokee Nation became involved in the case claiming that the adoption violated the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The 1978 law was designed to protect the best interests of Indian children and promote the stability of Indian tribes and families. Veronica, who is part Cherokee Indian through Brown, is considered under the ICWA to be an “Indian child.”
Both a family court judge and an appellate court judge sided with Brown and on New Year’s Eve, Veronica was introduced to her biological father and his parents for the first time. After spending a little time with the Capobiancos still present, Veronica Rose was placed into a car seat in the back of a pickup with three bags of belongings and three strangers to begin the long ride back to Oklahoma.
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The Capobiancos are not giving up. If you would like to show support, there are many ways you can do so. The Save Veronica website is here http://www.saveveronica.com/ – be sure to sign Veronica’s Petition while you are there. You can follow Save Veronica Rose on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/SaveVeronicaRose?sk=wall and on Twitter here https://twitter.com/#!/Save_Veronica If you have any way to help them, contact them directly through their website or social media sites. Share their story, pray for Veronica and her family and count your own blessings.