Dr. Phil: Family Goes Into Hiding From ICWA
To finish the show, Dr. Phil brought Matt and Melanie, two parents who lost their adopted child to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a law that some see as racist, and Troy Dunn, host of The Locator, on stage to show them a video that is so afraid that their child might be taken away because of their child’s ethnicity, that they have gone into hiding. Before they permitted the interview to take place, they swore Dr. Phil and his staff to secrecy.
Dr. Phil: Family Buys Handgun To Protect Their Adopted Child
Troy Dunn drove out to an undisclosed location to meet a family who are afraid that their legally adopted child may be taken away because of the child’s ethnicity, which was left unsaid. The child had been abandoned when they adopted it, so the birth parents were no longer involved.
Not long before the adoption, however, an adoption agent came to their house and said that the adoption date had been cancelled because they had reason to believe that the child was Native American, which gave the tribe rights to the child first. After buying a handgun and a 100 pound German shepherd for protection, the family moved out in the middle of the night.
That was two years ago, and they are still afraid. They are always prepared with an escape plan, and keep two bags packed, ready to leave at a moment’s notice. They said that it is all worth it for their child, and have no plans to come out of hiding.
Dr. Phil: Another Family Affected By ICWA
Matt and Melanie remained hopeful that they will have a chance to get custody of their child again if their case makes it to the Supreme Court, and Dr. Phil took the chance to show them a similar case from seven years ago, where two parents had their child taken away because of ICWA. A woman changed her mind about adopting out her son several times over, and they almost lost their adopted son, but took the matter to court and won their son back.
With all of that being said, Dr. Phil turned to Matt and Melanie and said that he thought the mature thing to do would allow, at the very least, joint custody of the child.