The “Baby Veronica” case has gone all the way to the Supreme Court, tragically moving a child between two separate sets of parents. The story is complex: Now-4-year-old Veronica’s birth mother put her up for adoption in Oklahoma while the birth father, Dusten Brown, was serving in Iraq. Initially in the dark about the adoption, Brown tried to get his daughter back by invoking the Indian Child Welfare Act, which seeks to keep Native American children in Native American families (Brown is of Cherokee descent).
Until she was 2 years old, Veronica lived with her adoptive family, the Copobiancos, but was legally uprooted by a South Carolina court ruling in favor of the birth father. She went to live with him until June of this year, before the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the decision. After many legal battles, Brown handed Veronica over to her adoptive parents on Sept. 23. But the Copobiancos are seeking $500k from Brown in legal fees.