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Stop the Misuse of ICWA

    1. Jessica Munday
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Munday

      Mount Pleasant, SC

The Indian Child Welfare Act was created to help address the issue of mass removal of Indian children from reservations. Native children were being placed in boarding schools and in non-native homes at a disturbing rate. While the law is well-intended, the reality is in many cases the best interest of children is taking a back seat to political agendas. It is important that Congress understand how the law is being applied in the 21st century. Amendments can be made to the law to help strengthen its application and ensure that misuse and misapplication is minimized. The harsh realities of years ago shouldn't have to rest on the shoulders of children today.

To:
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Please support amendments to the Indian Child Welfare Act to help minimize the misapplication of the law at the detriment of a child's best interest and constitutional rights.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. SC Affirms US Supreme Court Ruling, Orders Adoption Finalized

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      We have all worked tirelessly to stand up for Veronica's rights. On June 25, Justice Alito released an order stating ICWA did not apply in Veronica's case and she should have NEVER been removed from her family. In record speed, he remanded back to SC Supreme Court with instruction to act promptly. On July 17, the SC Supreme Court followed the US Supreme Court's orders and ordered that Veronica be returned home and her adoption finalized. We are quickly approaching the end to this emotional, unfortunate saga and peace for Veronica. http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/courtOrders/displayOrder.cfm?orderNo=2013-07-17-01

      SC Judicial Department

      Rule 413, RULE 2, SCACR Rule 413, RULE 4, SCACR Rule 413, RULE 9, SCACR Rule 413, RULE 10, SCACR Rule 413, RULE 12, SCACR Rule 413, RULE 17, SCACR Rule 413, RULE 19, SCACR Rule 413, RULE 23, SCACR Rule 413, RULE 27, SCACR Rule 413, RULE 28, SCACR

    2. SC Supreme Court denies request for rehearing

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      As we deal with another blow from our legal system, we ask our supporters to continue to share this petition and to read the following articles about Veronica's case. As always, thank you for standing up for Veronica's best interests! Our fight is not over yet!

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrea-poe/veronica-capobianco-case_b_1826591.html

      http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/08/28/baby_veronica_case_the_indian_child_welfare_act_is_bad_for_adoption_.html

    3. We're in DC for V!

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for all your support!

    4. THANK YOU!

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      Over the past four months, nearly 22,000 of you have come together to speak up for Veronica's rights. Last Tuesday, the SC Supreme Court heard her case and will take the next few weeks to determine their ruling. We are all hopeful they will rule in her best interest and she will come home to SC to be reunited with her adoptive parents. We can't thank you enough for all of your thoughts and prayers. They have meant so much to Veronica's family. We urge you to keep fighting for this little girl. Here are a few ways:

      1) Follow up with your legislators and ask them to look into how the Indian Child Welfare Act is being used and demand that our tax dollars not support the misapplication of this law.

      2) Stay connected with us on Facebook - facebook.com/saveveronicarose

      3) Consider making a donation to the Save Veronica Legal Fund at http://www.saveveronica.org/donate-online/.

      4) Ask your friends to sign this petition.

      5) Continue to pray for Veronica and her family!

    5. Tomorrow Veronica's case will be heard by the SC Supreme Court!

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      You signed. They listened and expedited. Tomorrow Veronica's case will be heard by the SC Supreme Court. Thank you for all your support!

      Be sure to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/saveveronicarose and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/save_veronica.

      The support for the Capobiancos has been overwhelming. Please pray that the SC Supreme Court will have heard our collective voice and will rule based on what's in the best interest of the child. Thank you for standing up for Veronica's rights!

    6. Reached 20,000 signatures
    7. 18,500+ We are so close to our goal!

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for supporting Veronica and speaking out for her rights! Please continue to share with your friends and family so we can reach our goal. Veronica deserves nothing less!

    8. Reached 17,500 signatures
    9. 17,000 Strong!

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      Once we're at 20,000, we will print our petition and hand-deliver to our state senators. Thank you again for all your support!

    10. Reached 15,000 signatures
    11. Surpassed Our Goal!

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      We continue to be Veronica's voice. We stand for everything she deserves - her family, her home and her rights! Let's get to 20,000!

    12. Reached 10,000 signatures
    13. The movement for Veronica continues to grow!

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      More than 5,000 signatures within 72 hours is quite impressive. Thank you all for your support. We continue to get news coverage on Veronica and her family. Here is the latest.

    14. Reached 5,000 signatures
    15. Not answering phone calls

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      The biological father said Veronica's parents could call and check on her. They have tried numerous times to reach them and no one will answer their calls. Disgraceful! Please continue to spread the word about this petition. Let's reach 10,000. That's more people than the town they are taking Veronica to!

    16. Reached 2,500 signatures
    17. Video footage of Veronica's transfer

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for supporting Veronica. Let's keep up the fight! Here is some more news coverage from last night's transfer.

    18. Reached 1,500 signatures
    19. Veronica has been officially transferred

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      At 7 p.m. tonight, Veronica was placed in a pick-up truck heading to Oklahoma with three people that she has never met before tonight. Complete story at Post and Courier.

    20. Reached 1,000 signatures
    21. News breaks in Charleston about Veronica

      Jessica Munday
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for all of your support. Please continue to encourage others to sign this petition. Let's exceed our goal and show our country that we stand behind the Capobianco family and little Veronica. Here is the news story that just broke in Charleston.

    22. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Melanie Robinson ARLINGTON, TX
      • 8 months ago

      I am the Mother of an Adopted Grandchild and I know I am the best parent for her not her birth mother.

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    • Teresa Hassig ST. ALBANS, WV
      • 8 months ago

      Wrong is wrong,taking her from the only parents shes ever know ! Not !

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    • Dave Hughes LINCOLN, NE
      • 8 months ago

      Do what's best for kids?

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    • sandra stageberg PLYMOUTH, MN
      • 9 months ago

      I am an adoptive parent

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    • Jaclyn Middleton-Patel WREXHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      this involves a friend of a friend & I genuinely feel the injustice being done here is heartbreaking & surely something must be done about it!

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