Something has been bothering me lately about Ronnie (Veronica) Brown’s adoption. It’s making my head spin, so I’ve decided to write it down and maybe someone can set me straight.
We all know (well, those of us who use logic to assess situations) Ronnie was removed from Oklahoma under false pretenses. The ICPC (Interstate Compact for Placement of Children) was completed spelling Dusten Brown’s name incorrectly as well as listing his date of birth wrong. (If you don’t believe me, go read the 2011 Malphrus ruling here.) Specifically, Judge Malphrus states the following on page 10 and 11 of the ruling:
“Second, the adoptive couple argued that if ICWA applies, it has been satisfied. I disagree.
The Tribe was sent incorrect information regarding the birth father’s name and date of birth by birth mother’s attorney. Birth mother testified that she knew birth father — birth father was a Cherokee and that she knew how to correctly spell his name.
The Tribe’s response to birth mother’s attorney stated that its determination that the child was not an Indian child was based on the information exactly as provided by birth mother’s attorney and that any incorrect or omitted family documentation could invalidate their determination. Once the Tribe was provided with the correct information, the Tribe intervened.
Additionally, I find that Oklahoma would never have given consent for the child to be removed from the State of Oklahoma through the Interstate Compact for Placement of Children, had the Interstate Compact for Placement of Children been correct.”
I would like to know if the C’s have to file another ICPC in order to remove Ronnie from Oklahoma for the second time? If not, why not? The first ICPC was determined to be incorrect. Why would they not have to file another, and this time, correct ICPC? As I, and many others, have said before, Ronnie was removed from Oklahoma illegally when she was only a few days old. Are we now saying it doesn’t matter if you take a child illegally? You’ll get them anyway if you have enough money to fight the biological family? If so, hold on tight to your kids because no child is safe.
I’ve heard through the grapevine the C’s have not left Oklahoma. The grapevine could be wrong, and they really have left. But if they haven’t, the only conclusion I can come to is they had to re-submit the ICPC and it is now in the hands of the Cherokee Nation. I cannot imagine the Tribe allowing this obvious violation of Ronnie Brown’s civil rights to continue. So, it is my hope the C’s are never able to leave the State of Oklahoma with Ronnie, the Cherokee Nation takes custody of her and allows her grandparents to adopt just as Justice Sotomayor advised in her dissent as follows:
“I note, however, that the majority does not and cannot foreclose the possibility that on remand, Baby Girlâ€™s paternal grandparents or other members of the Cherokee Nation may formally petition for adoption of Baby Girl. If these parties do so, and if onremand Birth Fatherâ€™s parental rights are terminated so that an adoption becomes possible, they will then be entitled to consideration under the order of preference established in Â§1915. The majority cannot rule prospectivelythat Â§1915 would not apply to an adoption petition that has not yet been filed. Indeed, the statute applies â€œ[i]n any adoptive placement of an Indian child under Statelaw,â€ 25 U. S. C. Â§1915(a) (emphasis added), and containsno temporal qualifications. It would indeed be an odd result for this Court, in the name of the childâ€™s best in-terests, cf. ante, at 15, to purport to exclude from the proceedings possible custodians for Baby Girl, such as her paternal grandparents, who may have well-established relationships with her.”
You can read the dissent in it’s entirety here. It is still my hope this is what happens if Ronnie is not able return to her father’s custody. Wishful thinking?
This all leads to another theory of mine regarding the reason the C’s filed the lawsuit against Dusten Brown as they made away with his daughter. It’s for leverage. They will drop the lawsuit if the Cherokee Nation gives them Ronnie. I wonder if that is even legal? Can you use a lawsuit to blackmail someone? The behavior of the States of Oklahoma and South Carolina, the adoptive parents and their representatives has been so outrageous, I would not doubt that even if none of this is legal they will still try to get their way. I guess that’s what money, and a country’s warped idea of adoption, does for you.
On September 30th, President Obama made the following statement regarding the government shutdown,
â€œYou don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job… or just because there’s a law there that you don’t like.â€
I believe this statement should be true, but in many cases in this country it isn’t. The Capobianco’s and their attorney did not like ICWA so they chose to lie and cheat and ignore the law because it suited them. They care nothing about how their actions hurt Ronnie and her family. They only care about their own interests. Given the government shutting down because of our officials inability to communicate with each other or compromise, it is not surprising the C’s and their ilk do not understand how outrageous and unethical their behavior is and always has been.