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Baby Veronica & Baby Deseray: Don't Let Them Sell Our Babies!

Dot Scott
10/13/13

The recent cases of Baby Veronica and Baby Desaray make me fear for young adoptive children, especially those of color. The similarities of these two cases, including the same adoption agency attorney in both, demand a closer look into these children’s civil rights.

As an African-American mother, it disturbs me to read of all the cheering and celebration of Veronica’s return to her adoptive parents. Where have we come as a country when we all allow ourselves to go back to the days when the purchase of humans, especially minorities, is accepted and even applauded?

The reported stories around the relationships between the biological fathers and mothers suggest that these mothers are giving birth to minority children with the express intent of giving them up for adoption. The biological mothers are even generously compensated for doing so. The implication becomes that the fathers were used as sperm donors, which is surely cheaper than in vitro fertilization.

Any sympathy for the adoptive parents continues to diminish as it becomes increasingly clear that something very sinister is going on here, and the birth mothers may be part of it. In fact, the Charleston Post and Courier took a close look at this disturbing issue in its September 21 article, "The Price of Adoption." The reporter quotes Shannon Jones, the Charleston attorney who represents the biological fathers of both Veronica and Desaray as saying: “Once these agencies and lawyers get the birth mother on the hook ... they tell these birth moms not to answer any calls from the dads. Of course, then they argue the dad is a deadbeat.”

If it’s true that the mothers set out to deceive or mislead the biological fathers, that is the saddest of all elements surrounding these adoptions. 

Our children are not chattels to be conveniently sold to adoptive parents who care more about what they want than what is best for the child. What gives them the right to take a minority child when a loving and adoring father wants to raise her? While contributing eggs and sperm doesn’t necessarily make a good mother or father, neither does fighting a prolonged court battle to win custody and securing a public relations to accuse the birth father of being a deadbeat dad.

Real mothers and fathers will always do what’s best for the child, and if that child is happy with her biological parent, no one should attempt to sever that bond.

From all accounts of both the Baby Veronica and Baby Desaray cases, I believe that there should be a thorough investigation of the birth mothers, the adoptive parents, and the attorney for the adoption agency to ensure that the civil rights of these children and their biological fathers have not been violated.

We as a nation must protect the civil rights of children of all races. Above all, we must remember that the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King remind us that our children too are “created equal."

Dot Scott is the president of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP.

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Anonymous's picture
Thank you for getting involved! These babies need to be given back to their family. This is such an unjust justice system, regardless of creed or color. Now to work on fixing this issue to ensure no other child is put in this crazy idiotic place. BRING VERONICA BROWN HOME!
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Anonymous's picture
Protecting children and their civil rights is of critical importance, but the author of this piece offers no proof whatsoever of her allegations and insinuations. What she is implying is tantamount to slander and libel. Where is her proof of this supposed intent? Where is her proof of the fathers being deliberately used in this way? I can't believe this piece was even published.
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Anonymous's picture
your right, thank you! name me one other modern, advanced, so called civilized country, that would allow a child to be ripped from the natural father, who is a loving, caring, providing and nurturing parent...and given to the rich white people who circumvented law to get her
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I'm so happy to see this article, and the NAACP speaking out against the obvious selling of Veronica! These people who are obviously selling the flesh of children to the highest bidder need to be stopped. There's no such thing as a "coincidence" and I agree with Dot Scott, the PRESIDENT of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP. There needs to be an investigation into the adoptive parents, the lawyer who handled the adoptions of Veronica and Desaray, Nightlight Christian Adoptions agency, and the birth mothers. And just as important, the South Carolina laws that encourage the deliberate undermining of birth father's rights of men like Dusten Brown need to be changed.
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Anonymous's picture
Excellent reasoning. Let this be a call to action to investigate the increasingly shady practices of the Ameican adoption industry!!!
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Like the poster said below, race has Nothing to do with this case atall, and never should have been, especially when infact this is not a Native vs white issue like even keeps saying it is nor a minority vs white man situation. Can Journalists, everyday people, the media, and everyone else invovled stop calling it that? NO MINORITIES HERE, NO NATIVES INVOLVED. Dusten Brown is white. 1.2% is not Native and never will be Native(In white eyes or Native eyes). Not matter what the Cherokee nation says and they are so wrong to try and convince everyone else of this fact. This is excatly why the Cherokee nation, and any other nation which follows a similar system of allowing enrollment is wrong, and needs to be corrected and changed as soon as possible. The Cherokee Nation has indeed become a joke because of such low standards of enrollment- as long as you claim it, they don't argue it seems, and have no desire to preserve our Native culture and let anyone who asks in.. The law regarding blood quantum,is a perfect and a necessary law, and Mr.Brown nor Veronica would ever be eligible for status, or any other tribe with REAL STANDARDS, and REAL BLOOD QUANTUM, with LIMITED enrollment. The Cherokee Nation let's everyone who is anyone in, aslong as they have 1/1000th ancestry, and any person ( Native, wannabe-Natives, Blacks and whites, who try to justify this, are completely wrong!) The Cherokee nation has no standards and shame on anyone involved who made this, told everyone about it, and continues to write this off as being Native girl being taken from her culture when she was never was apart of culture and her adoptive parents are NO DIFFERENT THEN HER BIRTH FATHER. Both are white, what is the true problem here? SHE IS NOT CHEROKEE! The court ruled this perfectly and correctly. Never was a minority issue and therefore the law does not apply. If we start allowing this Native adoption law to anyone with such low blood, the true Natives who get forcefully or were forcefully taken away from their homes with or without consent, etc, would and will be OVERLOOKED by the overwhelming case. if we allow Fake Natives or non-existent bloods to ride the system. Shame on them. Thank goodness for the court acknowledging the low blood quantum and noticing how 90% of the Cherokee tribe is run and enrolled by White people and even the Chief does not even look Native, which makes me even question if HE IS EVEN NATIVE! . I don't care what the Cherokee nation keeps whistling or ranting about this poor minority-Cherokee being taken away from her Native roots and how we need to "protect her" because she is "Cherokee" when she 99% is white and being given to ANOTHER WHITE FAMILY,sickening and insulting. Veronica is not losing anything from this, and for the Nation to support this goof, give him benefits and etc, is truly sad, and again takes away from TRUE NATIVE AMERICANS. No such thing as part and especially at such a LOW blood quantnum, she is nowhere near close to BEING NATIVE.. 1/8th to 3/256th will NEVER be close to being Native. Ever. I don't care what people try to elude themselves to. If you can't prove your blood lines, cannot apply for status due to low blood quantum, clearly you are too low to ever be Native or never were.
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Thank you Ms. Scott. You are a well respected member of the Charleston Community. Baby Desirai Simmons who was kidnapped from Oklahoma her father and the absentee shawnee has a court date in Charleston the 25th of October. There is an Oklahoma Court order for her immediate return to Oklahoma. Instead Raymond Godwin and Nightlight Christian Adoptions is trying to finalize her adoption in Charlestons drive by adoption court. Hope you can shine some light at the court date on this travesty and help Desirai Simmons get back to her tribe and her father.
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Thank you very much Dot from the bottom of my heart for reaching out to help my granddaughter Desirai. I will not forget you. Marjorie Simmons
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I see Jessica Munday of Trio Solutions, the PR firm who assisted her "friend" Melanie Duncan Capobianco in the Baby Veronica case, has her trolls back to work. Munday launched a Dusten bashing campaign spreading lies and innuendos about Veronica's birth father and then with the help of Melanie Capobianco started the anti-Indian organization, the Coalition for the "Protection" of Indian Children and Families that is out to destroy Indian sovereignty. (Do contact them at info@coalitionforindianchildren.org) Too bad Munday still harbors such hatred toward American Indians. Of course, both Dusten and his daughter Veronica are members of the Cherokee Nation. Looks like Munday and her minions are apparently trying to wipe out Veronica's Cherokee identity as well. For those who wish to learn about who the Cherokee Nation is, please don't listen to Munday's anti-Indian propaganda. Contact the Cherokee Nation website and learn more at www.cherokee.org And about those comments from Munday's team Trio... how very unChristian of them.
Kevol
Anonymous's picture
This is not a race issue. It is a human issue.
Anonymous

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