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Heartbreaking Adoption Battle in South Carolina

Veronica and her Parents

Let me set the scene for you.

A two-year-old little girl in a stable, and loving home with her adoptive parents Matt and Melanie.

No neglect.
No abuse.
No involvement by Child Protective Services.

And then one day little Veronica is ripped from the arms of the only parents she has known since the day she was born.

Veronica’s biological mother knew she could not provide for a baby, and the biological father in question wanted nothing to do with the pregnancy. During the nine months of pregnancy he did not communicate or contact the birth mother. He knew the due date of the baby… which came and went without his involvement.

The birth mother made the choice of Matt and Melanie for her little girl, and finalized adoption paperwork on her end. When Veronica was four months old, despite signing a waiver that he would not contest the adoption — Veronica’s biological father petitioned the court for custody of the infant little girl, despite knowing he would be deployed to Iraq in a few short weeks.

The below is taken from the website helping the parents of Veronica, a great cause that more people should be getting involved with because this little girl belongs with the only parents she has ever known.

On Dec. 31, 2011, Veronica was removed from a stable, nurturing environment and driven more than 1,100 miles away from the only parents and home she has ever known. She had no choice but to be placed into a truck with people she had never met. There was no transition period for this little girl nor were her best interests considered.

It is important to note the lower court ruled that the birth father’s consent to the adoption was not necessary to finalize Matt and Melanie’s adoption under South Carolina law. Based on state law, he had no voice as to the future of this child and would not have been able to obtain custody due to his abandonment of the birth mother. The state of South Carolina terminates a father’s rights when he has not provided pre-birth support or not taken proactive steps to be a father before and shortly after birth. The birth father did not support the birth mother and was not deployed to Iraq during this time. The court would have issued an order relinquishing his parental rights and given the adoptive couple custody of the child. The issue in this case is that the lower court applied the federal Indian Child Welfare Act in such a way as to abrogate a South Carolina adoption law. This is one of the issues that is being appealed.

Please take a moment to head over to the website and help support this family in the battle to get their daughter back to the only home she has ever known.

If you would like to help Matt and Melanie take a moment to sign the petition to help bring Veronica home, and change the Indian Child Welfare Act to only be used for its original intent, not to rip children out of loving homes.

photo: http://saveveronica.org

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