Dusten Brown and his wife agree with Matt and Melanie Capobianco to use mediation to determine the best interests of daughter Veronica. Even though the two couples are fighting over custody of Veronica, they agree on one thing, mediation.
After the biological mother placed the child for adoption, Veronica was placed with a South Carolina couple who raised her until she was two. Prior to finalizing the adoption process, the biological father, a member of the Cherokee Nation, came forward. He has cared for Veronica since 2011.
The case has been litigated in the state courts and tribal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court determined the Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply. The matter remains unresolved. The South Carolina court gave custody to the Capobiancos and the Cherokee Nation court gave custody to Mr. Brown.
Hopefully by coming together in mediation the interested adults can utilize a child-centered approach to develop a permanent plan that provides for Veronica’s best interest.
Permanency mediation is a specific type of mediation utilized in adoption cases. Mediators at Parker Mediation have completed specialized training and are experienced in permanency mediation.
Contact our case manager if you have questions about permanency mediation, the adoption process or need help in a child custody dispute. 508 795 0200
Case Manager Yvonne Perry
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