A report from cbs.com says a 3-year-old Cherokee girl has been granted an emergency stay with her biological father by the Oklahoma supreme court. The girl, Veronica, was placed up for adoption by her mother when she was pregnant with her. A South Caroline couple have been trying to adopt her since she was born. Veronica’s father has been fighting the adoption under the Indian Child Welfare Act but it has been a hard fight because the child’s mother is not Native American. This dispute has raised questions about the federal law’s to help keep Native American tribes together. A South Carolina family court gave custody of the girl to her father, a member of the Cherokee Nation, but then a family court in South Carolina later ruled that custody be given to the couple. However, the father refused to hand his daughter over and South Carolina authorities have now charged the father with custodial interference. Both parties are scheduled to appear in court September 10th.
The Indian child welfare act of 1978 was put into place to keep native American family’s together after a large number of native American children were being adopted by non-native family’s. The intent of Congress under ICWA was to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families” (25 U.S.C. § 1902) .
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