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Monday, April 21, 2014
Alaska Supreme Court considers whether Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl applies to State-initiated child protection proceedings
that ICWA implicitly mandates that good cause to deviate from ICWA’s
adoptive placement preferences must be proven by clear and convincing
evidence, rather than a mere preponderance of the evidence. That opinion
Four days later, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. The adoptive parents in Tununak I
asked the Alaska Supreme Court to revise its ruling in light of it,
based on their argument that ICWA’s placement preferences do not apply
in cases where no other party has formally sought to adopt the child.
This argument would extend the Baby Girl decision beyond the realm of voluntary private adoptions like the one at issue in Baby Girl
and apply it to state-initiated child protection proceedings involving
the removal of a Native child from her custodial parent by state
The parties and the Native Village of Kotzebue, acting as amicus
curiae, filed the following supplemental briefs on the issue in November
Appellee State of Alaska’s is here: Tununak – Supplemental Brief of Appellee State of Alaska
Appellees H.S. and K.S.’s (the adoptive couple) is here: Tununak – Supplemental Brief of Appellees H.S. and K.S. – adoptive couple
Appellant Village of Tununak’s is here: Tununak – Appellant Village of Tununak’s Supplemental Brief
Amicus Curiae Native Village of Kotzebue’s, prepared by NARF, is here: Tununak – Brief of Amicus Curiae Native Village of Kotzebue
Oral argument before the Alaska Supreme Court was held on January 14, 2014, and can be viewed here.
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To Veronica Brown
Veronica, we adult adoptees are thinking of you today and every day. We will be here when you need us. Your journey in the adopted life has begun, nothing can revoke that now, the damage cannot be undone. Be courageous, you have what no adoptee before you has had; a strong group of adult adoptees who know your story, who are behind you and will always be so.
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The truth is that it is a very lucrative business with a known sales pitch. With profits last estimated at over $1.44 billion dollars a year, mothers who consider adoption for their babies need to be very aware that all of this promotion clouds the facts and only though independent research can they get an accurate account of what life might be like for both them and their child after signing the adoption paperwork.