Couple who lost custody of adopted Native American daughter due to 'tribal rights' hold on to hope as U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case
- Matt and Melanie Capobianco have raised adoptive daughter Veronica since her birth in September 2009
- Biological father, who is Native American, wanted nothing to do with her and mother put her up for adoption
- He has won custody of the 3-year-old girl invoking the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978
- The federal law gives American Indian parents preference in custody battles
- Capobiancos have not seen adopted daughter since December 2011
- U.S. Supreme Court announced they will hear the case
A South Carolina couple is holding on to hope they may one day be reunited with their curly-haired adopted daughter, whose Native American biological father now has custody of the child, after the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear their complex case that involves tribal law.
Matt and Melanie Capobianco were overjoyed when they adopted little Veronica in September 2009 but were dealt a crushing blow when her biological father, who had never met the girl, gained custody of the child by invoking the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, which grants American Indian parents preference in custody disputes.
The Capobianocs were forced to relinquish custody on New Year's Eve in 2011 but just one year later are hopeful that the highest court may rule in their favor and return Veronica to the parents who raised her.