Adoptive parents seek peace, not victory

Thursday, August 15, 2013
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

An Oklahoma child who is a fraction Cherokee still hasn’t been returned to her adoptive parents, in spite of orders from authorities in two states and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Capobianco familyMatt and Melanie Capobianco adopted Veronica at birth with full permission of the mother. The father, Dustin Brown – who is part Cherokee – signed away his rights but later filed suit under the Indian Child Welfare Act to obtain custody after the Capobiancos had had custody of the child for two years. He won and the girl was returned to the father.

However, the Capobiancos appealed that decision and won a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Since courts ordered the return of the child to the couple, Brown refused, surrendered to authorities, and posted bail.

The Capobiancos traveled from their home in South Carolina to Tulsa to try to end the situation.

“We are determined to bring our daughter home, but please know that we don't seek victory. There is none in this type of situation,” Melanie Capobianco tells OneNewsNow. “What we seek is peace for our daughter. For everyone involved, we need closure. I am saddened that so many are hurt by what's happening.”

They had hoped to work out a solution, but to no avail. “As soon as we arrived, we requested a visit with our daughter,” she continues. “As a mother my heart broke when our request was denied [and we were] told that a visit with our daughter wasn't in her best interest – words difficult for any mother to hear.”

The Capobiancos says the transition needs to take place sooner rather than later so the child, who now nearly four years old, can go home with them.

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