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Adoptive parents regain custody of 4-year-old child

When a couple adopts a child in North Carolina, they have often been waiting a very long time for that child to come into their lives. They become instantly attached and the process of bonding begins.

A couple who had adopted and raised a child for 27 months was faced with losing custody of her after her biological father said he wanted to raise her. The father, a member of the Cherokee Nation, argued that the Indian Child Welfare Act states that the girl should be brought up inside the Cherokee Nation. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that because the father had been absent from his daughter’s life, the law did not apply.

The girl’s biological mother, who is not a member of the Cherokee Nation, put the child up for adoption while she was still pregnant. The adoptive parents became the girl’s custodians shortly after she was born. When she was 27 months, her biological father was awarded custody because of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Since then it has been a back and forth battle, but the adoptive parents were recently awarded custody of the girl and are free to take her back home from Oklahoma to South Carolina with them.

These adoptive parents went through so much to fight for custody of their child. In the end, their efforts were rewarded, and they were able to be reunited with their 4-year-old little girl.

If you are facing a child custody or adoption dispute, you would be well advised to seek out a family law attorney who can help you with your case.

Source: Yahoo News, “Cherokee child handed over to adoptive parents,” Kristi Eaton, Sep. 23, 2013

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