Dr. Phil: Does Cherokee Nation Care About Its Children?
Johnston, in addition to thinking it’s racist, became even more dubious as to the Indian Child Welfare Act when, despite his efforts to reach out to the Cherokee Nation, they never responded or tried to make the boys part of their culture. He also doesn’t think that they really cared as much as they said they do in court because, if they did, they would not have let the boys live homeless for several months.
Dr. Phil: Who Gets Custody?
Attorney and child rights advocate Areva Martin said that she thinks that Veronica was taken from her parents on a technicality, and that, had ICWA not been involved in this case, South Carolina would have denied the biological father his right to have any part in Veronica’s life. She thought that the best interests of the child would have been best served if both sets of parents were involved.
Jay McCarthy, attorney for the American Academy of Adoption, was brought to light just how much emotional trauma Veronica is likely going through by being tossed back and forth between adoptive and biological parents.
Dr. Phil: Was A Biological Father Motivated By Money?
Ultimately, Dr. Phil came to the conclusion that, when someone is doing an adoption, they need to do their homework and be conscious of the Indian Child Welfare Act, and figure out if the child has any ties to the Cherokee Nation. He also said, however, that further exploration into the extent to which the biological father abandoned Veronica was needed.
Whatever the intentions of the biological father, when Dr. Phil asked Chrissi Nimmo if the father had anything to do with financial gain, she was thankful he did, because he not only had no financial benefit to gain from getting Veronica back, he also paid for a lawyer to represent him out of his own pocket. It would seem that, on some level, the intentions were pure.