CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A win for the adoptive parents of Veronica, but does that mean the four-year-old wins as well?
After gaining custody of Veronica Monday evening, Matt and Melanie Capobianco are taking this time to reunite with their adoptive daughter. The couple has said they are willing to have an open adoption, keeping Dusten Brown, Veronica's biological father involved in her life.
Brown released the following statement Thursday night:
"The last few days without Veronica in our home have been more painful than words can describe. We are heartbroken at the loss of our daughter. I moved heaven and earth for two years to bring Veronica home to her family where she belongs. And when I finally picked her up for the journey back to Oklahoma two years ago, we looked into each other's eyes and it was like we had always been together. That bond was instantaneous, and nothing can break it. Veronica is my child, my flesh and blood, and I love her more than life itself. And to our daughter, Veronica—Mommy and Daddy love you and miss you so much, and we cannot wait until we see you again. We will see you again."
Theresa Wozniak Jenkins, a family court attorney said open adoptions aren't approved by South Carolina courts. Because of this, the Capobiancos have full control without the involvement of a court over whether Brown could see Veronica.
An open adoption can be conducted in many ways best suiting the situation of the child and parents.
"It appears that from their representation, they [Capobiancos] intend to foster that relationship and continue a relationship between Veronica and her biological father," said Jenkins.
Jenkins says Veronica is in an odd situation after spending her life between two families. Jenkins believes an open adoption could benefit the 4-year-old in the future.
"I think everyone can recognize that when a child becomes very attracted to somebody and is a part of a certain heritage race, ethnicity, religion, practice, that it is best for the parent to facilitate an ongoing relationship with those people," said Jenkins.
Overall, Jenkins says this is a crucial time in Veronica's life.
"I think everybody recognizes the uniqueness of who they are and you want to foster that in a child and make sure that they can connect to their roots and stay connected to their roots," said Jenkins.