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Indian Child Welfare Act

The Drama and Facts in the Battle Over Little Lexi

Mirah Riben | Posted 03.25.2016 | Parents
Mirah Riben

Most of us have heard, seen or read about a six-year-old girl named Lexi who was ordered to be taken from those who fostered her for the past four yea...

Do Not Take Legal Shortcuts When Terminating Parental Rights in an Adoption Case

Brad Reid | Posted 07.08.2016 | Parents
Brad Reid

While many things can go tragically wrong in adoption cases, a preventable problem is a failure to appropriately terminate the parental rights of a biological parent. This comment provides a brief and incomplete educational overview of the single issue of termination of parental rights in domestic U.S. adoption cases.

South Dakota's 'Gone in 60 Seconds' Child-Custody Hearings Are No More

Stephen Pevar | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Stephen Pevar

For far too long, the state of South Dakota was unnecessarily and illegally breaking up Indian families with impunity in sham judicial proceedings. Judge Viken's ruling should help keep this from happening in the future.

Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

Stephen Pevar | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Stephen Pevar

Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 in an effort to stop American-Indian families from having their children removed by state and local officials. Yet 36 years later, Indian children in South Dakota are 11 times more likely to be removed from their families and placed in foster care than non-Indian children.

Sioux Mother Rescues Abused Children, Faces Arrest

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 03.12.2014 | Crime
Stephanie Woodard

The doctor found bruises covering the boy's penis and scrotum. Those injuries would soon lead to an arrest warrant for the mother -- not because she had caused the harm, but because she did not return her son, along with his wheelchair-bound twin, to their abusers.

Baby Veronica Legal Saga Continues

Andrea Poe | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Andrea Poe

Complicated twists have become the norm in the two-year battle between the adoptive parents of little girl known as "baby Veronica" and the girl's biological father.

Evangelicals Trying To Influence 'Baby Veronica' Adoption Case

Religion News Service | Angela Aleiss | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The Baby Veronica case, named for the girl at the center of a contentious child custody dispute, has stirred powerful emotional responses from m...

'Baby Girl' Veronica's Birth Father Asks Daughter's Adoptive Parents To Reconsider

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug 1 (Reuters) - The birth father of a girl of Cherokee heritage whose adoption has been finalized by South Carolina courts asked...

An Unusual Day at the Supreme Court

Michael Piraino | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Michael Piraino

During the oral arguments of the adoption case before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, I heard lawyers working hard to explain what is in a young child's best interests. This is unusual. Family law issues like this rarely come before the court.

South Carolina Supreme Court Permits Biological Father to Take 2-Year-Old From Her Adoptive Parents

Andrea Poe | Posted 10.23.2012 | Parents
Andrea Poe

The adoption community has been devastated by this news. Enabling a birth parent to claim parental rights at any point in a child's life without concern for that child's welfare or that child's legal family casts more doubt onto a process already plagued by confusion.

The Law of Compassion Versus the Law of the Land: The Custody Case of Veronica Capobianco

Alice Cablayan | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Alice Cablayan

Feelings of disappointment welled up within me as I shook my head in disagreement over the South Carolina Family Court's decision of ruling in favor of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. Who was I to disagree with a judge, a law and the Cherokee Nation?