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COURTS THAT HAVE RULED IN FAVOR OF VERONICA’S ADOPTIVE PARENTS AND BIRTH MOTHER

  • United States Supreme Court (2 times – once for their initial ruling and also the denial for a stay)
  • South Carolina Supreme Court (2 times – once following U.S. Supreme Court remand and then again denying rehearing)
  • Charleston County Family Court – in South Carolina – issuing an adoption decree
  • Nowata County Court – in Oklahoma – honoring the adoption decree
  • Muskogee County Court – in Oklahoma – honoring the request to reunite Veronica with her parents

South Carolina Supreme Court Denys Requests for Rehearing in Baby Veronica Adoption Case
Order from: South Carolina Supreme Court
Date: July 24, 2013
Ordered by: Chief Justice Jean Toal
Purpose: Denying petitions for rehearing and securing Veronica’s return home
Next Step: Adoption finalized by Charleston County Family Court and transition plan approved

We remain fully aware of the important and time-sensitive interests at stake. More to the point, we are cognizant that the paramount consideration is the best interest and welfare of Baby Girl. This matter was, without objection, placed in the jurisdiction of the South Carolina courts long ago.

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Consistent with their commitment to serve Baby Girl’s best interests, and in recognition that the return of Baby Girl to them must be accomplished with her best interest as the controlling consideration, the Adoptive Couple has commendably proposed a thoughtful transition plan.

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This emotionally charged case was fully litigated in the South Carolina courts and the United States Supreme Court. This case has reached finality, in this unchallenged forum and jurisdiction. That finality should be honored.

South Carolina Supreme Court Affirms United States Supreme Court and Terminates Birth Father’s Rights
Order from: South Carolina Supreme Court
Date: July 17, 2013
Ordered by: Chief Justice Jean Toal
Purpose: Reaffirming order from U.S. Supreme Court
Next Step: Five (5) to request rehearing from other side

“We remand this case to the Family Court for the prompt entry of an order approving and finalizing Adoptive Couple’s adoption of Baby Girl, and thereby terminating Birth Father’s parental rights, in accordance with section 63-9-750 of the South Carolina Code. Upon the entry of the Family Court’s order, custody of Baby Girl shall be transferred to Adoptive Couple. If additional motions are pending or are filed prior to the entry of the order finalizing the adoption, the family court shall promptly dispose of all such motions and matters so as not to delay the entry of the adoption and the return of Baby Girl to the Adoptive Couple.”

United States Supreme Court Expeditously Remands Baby Veronica Case Back to South Carolina Supreme Court
Order from: United States Supreme Court
Date: June 28, 2013
Ordered by: Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.
Purpose: In light of the sensitive nature of Veronica’s case, the case is expedited to South Carolina Supreme Court within 7 days
Next Step: Ruling from South Carolina Supreme Court

Adoptive Couple Win Baby Veronica Case at United States Supreme Court
Order from: United States Supreme Court
Date: June 25, 2013
Ordered by: Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.
Purpose: Reversing prior order from South Carolina Supreme Court stating that the Indian Child Welfare Act does not apply in Veronica’s adoption
Next Step: Remand to South Carolina Supreme Court