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CHARLESTON, SC -

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered the Capobianco's adoption of Veronica to be finalized.

Read the decision from the SC Supreme Court here.

In response to the many media inquiries to Dusten Brown, he and his family released the following statement Thursday:

We are outraged that the South Carolina Supreme Court would order the adoption of our child finalized without a proper hearing to determine what is in Veronica's best interests. This child has been back with her family for 19 months and to tear her away from us, the family she loves and the only family she knows or remembers, would be devastating to her. This is an Oklahoma child and her placement should not be considered by a court in South Carolina. We have contacted our U.S. Senator and encourage each of you to do the same, in order to help us keep Veronica in her home, which is a safe, loving and nurturing environment. We will never give up the fight to raise our daughter.

Dusten and Robin Brown & Family

The SC Supreme Court was handed back the decision they ruled on last year involving the Indian Child Welfare Act. They were asked by the nation's highest court to determine where the child should live, not whether the ICWA applies. Wednesday the state said continuing litigation would only add to the heartache of the little girl. While the biological father, Dusten Brown, has five days to file another appeal many legal experts said this case is almost over - Veronica will move again to Charleston.

Jessica Munday, spokeswoman for the adoptive couple said now Veronica will have a life surrounded by everyone who loves her, including biological family. She said they will work to gradually transition Veronica back.

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Late last month the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of a James Island adoptive couple battling to keep baby Veronica because they said ICWA did not apply in this case.

The act, written in 1978, was intended to keep Native American children with their tribal heritage.

In the case of baby Veronica, she lived with her adoptive parents for two years since the time she was born, but was taken to live with her biological father (a registered Cherokee member) after the South Carolina family court ruled in his favor.

However, the majority of the nation's highest justices said the ICWA did not apply to this case because the biological father had relinquished his rights and never had custody of the baby girl.

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