Dr. Phil: June 6 2013
On Dr. Phil June 6 2013, Veronica’s birth parents hand-picked Matt and Melanie to adopt her, but trouble came soon after. When Veronica’s biological father, Dusten, who was never around during the pregnancy, found out about the adoption four months later, he suddenly realized that he wanted to raise his daughter. Taking the issue to court, Dustin, who is part Cherokee Indian, won Veronica back thanks to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a 30-year-old law that is supposed to protect the well-being of Indian children and their tribes.
Should he have ever won his daughter back? Who is Veronica better off with? Dr. Phil will sit down with him and find out on tomorrow’s show.
Dr. Phil: Troy Dunn
Troy Dunn, whose hit-television show The Locator has brought thousands of lost loved ones back together, is responsible for bringing this matter to Dr. Phil. Having grown up in a family where adoption was all around him, he has a personal connection to this story.
His little brother, Travis, who is part Native American, was almost taken back after being adopted because of the ICWA. Troy Dunn said that his mother was so scared knowing this that she left a packed suitcase by their back door for years, always ready to make a run for it should someone come for Troy.
Dr. Phil: Is The Indian Child Welfare Act Destroying Families?
Matt thinks that he ICWA is destroying families. Having been in the delivery room and being the one that actually cut Veronica’s cord, he does not think that Dusten should be getting her back just because of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Given that Veronica’s birth mother even said that Dusten wanted to sign the rights to Veronica away after they had broken up, the injustice of this situation seems to be made 10 times worse.