'Baby Veronica' set to be returned to adoptive parents
The 'Baby Veronica' case is winding to a close after a judge approved a transition plan for the young girl to be transferred from her biological father to her adoptive parents. The girl had previously lived with the adoptive couple for the first two years of her life. While the legal fight might go on in various other cases surrounding the child, the Supreme Court ruled in June that the biological father wasn't able to reassert his rights as a parent under the Indian Child Welfare Act, after he signed away his rights and refused to financially care for the girl or her mother.
The Supreme Court returned the case to a lower state court, which decided last month that the baby should be returned to the adoptive parents. The judge in the state also approved a transition plan, and the Supreme Court refused to hear more arguments in the case.
This case was an emotional case for both sides, and raised a lot of legal issues. The girl is now 4 years old, and the biological father claimed that returning the girl to the adoptive couple would disrupt her life and cause emotional harm.
Although these cases are difficult, it can help for a person or couple to seek the help of an experienced family law attorney. They can help the person understand and help defend their rights in a case. Child custody cases also need a level of sensitivity. An experienced attorney can handle a case with the most sensitivity while still defending a parent's rights and exploring all legal options.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor, "Supreme Court: 'Baby Veronica' to return to adoptive parents," Warren Richey, Aug. 2, 2013