Mother Suing Government over Indian SC Adoption


By News Department

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The biological mother of a girl at the center of a South Carolina adoption dispute has sued the federal government over a law governing the placement of Indian children.

Christy Maldonado on Wednesday sued U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder seeking a declaration that parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act are unconstitutional.

Maldonado's says the law considers race in determining with whom a child should live and therefore violates equal protection provisions.

A Charleston-area couple has been trying to adopt Maldonado's now-3-year-old daughter since the girl's birth. Veronica lived with them for two years but has been with her biological father since a 2011 ruling giving him preference because of his Cherokee heritage.

South Carolina's highest court ruled last week that she should be returned to the Charleston couple.

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kym said on Monday, Jul 29 at 12:32 PM

The best interest of the child is being protected from having the legal recognition of her birthrights stolen from her by cheating lawyers and legal trickery. The mother abandoned her child, gave up all rights so the child could be adopted, at this point when the mother has voluntarily rejected her daughter, the biological father, gets the rights the mother had. If you abandon your child, you do not have the right to rob the child from her other parent too.

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