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Same attorneys worked on adoptions for two Indian babies

Filed Under: Law | National
More on: absentee shawnee, cherokee, icwa, oklahoma, south carolina

Two attorneys who worked on an adoption case involving a Cherokee Nation girl also handled the adoption of a baby girl from the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, News on 6 reports.

Raymond Godwin in an adoption attorney in South Carolina who worked for the non-Indian couple at the center of the Veronica Brown case. He also handled the adoption of Desirai, the Absentee Shawnee girl who was adopted by another South Carolina couple.

Paul Swain is an attorney in Oklahoma who represents the non-Indian couple in the Veronica Brown case. He is also the attorney for Godwin in the Desirai case.

Desirai's biological mother is Absentee Shawnee. The biological father is non-Indian and says he was not informed of the adoption.

Desirai's Absentee Shawnee family is supporting the biological father's efforts to gain custody of the girl, who is less than four months old.

The Department of Human Services told News on 6 that 270 Native American children born in Oklahoma were adopted in the last fiscal year. Twelve were adopted out of state.

Get the Story:
Another Oklahoma Adoption Case Mirrors 'Baby Veronica' Case (News on 6 8/29)

Related Stories:
Suzette Brewer: Indian babies being taken to South Carolina (8/28)

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