Adoption case at U.S. Supreme Court
Posted By McIntyre Tate LLP
Generally the Supreme Court doesn't hear adoption cases, as most involve matters of state law exclusively. But today April 16, the Court is hearing an adoption dispute involving an American Indian father's attempt to undo the adoption of his infant daughter. Though he had given up his parental rights to the child, he changed his mind after the adoption was final and invoked the federal Indian Children Welfare Act, which protects native Americans from having their child adopted away from them. The local family court ruled that the child must be returned him, even though she had lived for most of her life with her adoptive parents. The adopting parents appealed.