The case involving the adoption of Veronica is before the U.S. Supreme Court. It is a heartbreaking case that pits state adoption law against the Indian Child Welfare Act. There are legitimate legal interests on all sides. Until the 1960’s Native American children were often stolen from their mothers in hospitals shortly after birth, and given up to Anglo families for adoption. Sometimes the “kidnappers” were state agencies. The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted for the purpose of correcting this injustice. The Act takes precedence over state adoption laws and gives tribal courts the right to determine adoption placement of children of Native American heritage.
But in the case of baby Veronica, did the sharp focus on legal issues, jurisdiction, public policy, and politics cause the courts to lose sight of the most important thing of all – the best interests of a child?
Gary Frank is an Arizona Family Law Attorney and a children’s advocate. For many years, he represented children in child abuse and neglect cases in Superior Court. He has been appointed to serve on the Governor’s Child Abuse Prevention Task Force. He won a Maricopa County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer of the Month Award for representing a child in a Family Court Custody Action and successfully petitioning to have the case transferred to Juvenile Court, where the child could be protected from her abusive parents. Our law firm focuses on Family Law Matters, including Divorce, contested Custody matters, Parenting Time disputes, Relocation/move-away cases, Enforcement and Modification actions, Child and Spousal Support, Paternity/Maternity, Grandparent and Non-Parent rights, Mediation, and all other matters involving families and children. If you are in need of a consultation to learn about your rights, please call us today at 602-383-3610; or contact us by email at [email protected] To learn more about our firm, check out our website at www.garyfranklaw.com. We’d be happy to help you.