June 26, 2013
Melanie Capobianco photo

This October 2011 photo provided by Melanie Capobianco shows her adoptive daughter Veronica trick-or-treating, in Charleston, S.C. A divided Supreme Court said Tuesday that federal law doesn’t require that a Native American child be taken away from her adoptive parents and given to her biological father. The justices’ 5-4 decision came in a case about a federal law intended to keep Indian children from being taken from their homes and typically placed with non-Indian adoptive or foster parents. South Carolina courts said the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act favored the biological father of the girl, named Veronica. But the South Carolina couple who raised her for the first 27 months of her life appealed that decision.

 
 
 
 

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