Take the usual agony of an adoption dispute. Add in the disgraceful U.S. history of ripping Indian children from their Native American families. Mix in a dose of initial fatherly abandonment. And there you have it — a poisonous and painful legal cocktail that went before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, according to an article in KQED’s Public Media for Northern California on April 16, 2013.
The article which can be read here, tells about the adoption of a 2 year old girl whose biological father is a Native American, albeit, only 2% Native American, and his invoking the Indian Child Welfare Act upon learning that the biological mother had given the child up for an open adoption to a non Native American couple.
The biological father in this case had given up his parental rights but changed his mind after finding out that the mother was unable to raise the child and ripped the child from the adoptive parents custody at the age of 2. He stated in his objection to the adoption that ”I just figured the best interest would be … for [Christy] (the biological mother) to have the full custody of her, but for me to still be in the picture — be able to come visit and stuff.”
This is a sad story and one that I hope the Supreme Court recognizes the best interests of the child caught in the middle of this and does the right thing. I will be watching for the ruling on this one.
- US court hears Native American adoption (news.com.au)
- Emotions Run High As Supreme Court Hears Adoption Case (npr.org)
- Court hears arguments on whether law can limit Native American adoptions (voicerussia.com)