Veronica’s Story on Dr. Phil Show

Veronica with Matt and Melanie on the day she was removed from their home. Source: Post and Courier/Grace Beahm

Charleston, SC [10/16/12] – - – A Charleston, SC couple whose heartbreaking adoption case caught the nation’s attention when they had to hand over their adoptive daughter to her biological father will be featured on the DR. PHIL show this Thursday, October 18. The show will air in the Charleston market on WCBD Channel 2 at 4 p.m.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco, the adoptive parents of 3-year-old Veronica, sat down with TV talk-show host, Dr. Phil McGraw for an exclusive taping about their situation and how a federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) allowed the little girl’s absentee father, Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation, to remove her from their home last New Year’s Eve. Brown declined to appear on the show.

The show will spotlight the South Carolina case and other families impacted by the law. The Capobiancos’ case was recently appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of overturning the July 2012 3-2 ruling made by the state Supreme Court that allowed the little girl to remain in Oklahoma.

The DR. PHIL show will discuss the history surrounding the 1978 law and concerns on how ICWA is being applied to adoption cases today. Chrissi Nimmo, assistant attorney general for the Cherokee Nation, will also be on the show. Nimmo has fought against the Capobianco’s adoption since the tribe intervened on behalf of the biological father.

Other guests on the show include Troy Dunn host of the hit TV show “The Locator;” Johnston Moore, an adoptive father of two teenager boys with Indian heritage; Les Marston, attorney and tribal judge; child’s right attorney, Areva Martin who has commented on the adoption case on “CNN” and “AC360″, as well as national adoption attorney Jay McCarthy.

Immediately following Veronica’s transfer from her adoptive family to her birth father, outrage sparked among child advocacy and mental health communities around the country. At the time of the toddler’s transfer, she had never met her birth father and despite requests from the adoptive parents, the child was not granted a gradual transition.

The Capobiancos await a response from the U.S. Supreme Court as to whether or not the nation’s highest court will hear their case. Their appeal was filed on October 1. The appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court petition can be found at

For show listings outside of the Charleston, SC market, visit: Dr. Phil Show Listings

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