• A Must Read List for Adoption Truths

    • In many states across the USA including New York, Adoptee Rights bills are introduced to state legislators year after year. Due to lack of public support and misinformation based outdated beliefs about the adoption process, year after year, this bills fail to become laws.

    • I am a product of this experiment. I was born on December 24th, 1988 and I was soon transferred from one mother to another because my first mother, known throughout my life as my birth mother, wasn’t married to my birth father. She was 16 years old and still in high school.

    • I was 14 when I learned I was pregnant and my life changed forever. Once I’d gotten that fateful news, I tried to imagine what it would be like to have a baby; I wondered if I’d be able to finish school, would I be able to give my baby the life she deserved?

    • So How Do We Fix Adoption in the USA? Domestic Voluntary Infant Adoption is what we are discussing here. Women facing and unplanned pregnancy and “choose” adoption rather than parenting. If you aren’t aware of adoption facts, then you might not be aware of the need for reform.

    • There are some facts about adoption that, really, you cannot dispute unless you are just trying to purposely to stay ignorant regarding the facts of infant adoption in this country. Adoption is, in its perfect form, suppose to be about finding homes for children that need them, not about finding children for parents that want them.

    • What Happens to the Numbers of Adoptable Infants in the USA if We Compare to Australia? IF the USA had similar adoption practices to Australia and supported mothers, in the US we would have only 539 Voluntary Domestic Infant relinquishments annually give or take.

    • The relinquishment and subsequent adoption of my son was actually picture perfect. I am a perfect example of exactly what adoption is when it works just as it is suppose to.The adoption of my son was perfect, I did everything the “right” way and still; the adoption of my son caused unnecessary pain and was wrong. This is way I speak out against adoption today.

    • Adoption was almost more like a crack that happened in my soul. A crack that that I thought and was encouraged to believe that would be temporary or always below the surface. Over time, the rest of life worked it’s way in, like water in cement and caused the very foundation of myself to crumble.

    • When I relinquished Max, it was suppose to be something that affected ME. Like so many things in adoption, the professionals were wrong. The “gift of adoption” just keep on giving and giving.. the pain has a huge ripple effect that touches every aspect of a woman’s lives including ALL our children.

    • Secondary adoptee rejection is a very real reality in adoption reunions. We all have a different skill set and experiences to handle a reunion.There are many mothers who were simply told to “never speak of this again” and that has proven to be a real unhealthy bit of advice.

    • The simple fact is that it is less than 1% of all relinquishing mothers desire to never set eyes on their children again. So because these 1% mothers another 6 to 8 million people and their children and their children’s children get denied medical histories, get denied their identity, get denied their truth..

    • Most adoption agencies will offer free “birthmother” counseling as part of their adoption services. A true counselor is supposed to advocate for their client, not the organization for which they work. Often adoption counseling is “in agency” and therefore, not really nonpartisan. There is no guarantee that the “counselor” is neutral and actually has the expectant mothers’ best interests at heart.

    • I figured that I would write a post that makes it easier for women to become birthmothers. Hence, here’s a handy guide on how to become more appealing to adoption agencies and ways to ensure that you will place your baby.

The Truth about Veronica Rose Brown

Proof that Dusten Brown was NEVER a “Dead Beat Dad”

There are so many people caught up and concerned about the unethical adoption and the child welfare of Miss Veronica Rose Brown.

#KeepVeronicaHomeWe can debate all day about the Indian Child Welfare Act alone; issue of “blood quantums” and the Cherokee Nations and the use of the ICWA in Adoptive Couple vs Baby Girl as viewed by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), but let’s face it, most of that is exactly that; debate. Discussion and debate by those of us on the outside, looking in, and wondering what will be the final outcome in this heartbreaking case. Will her father, Dusten Brown, be able to use the First Nation laws available to keep Veronica home as she has been for the last 18 plus months or will the sad faced Capobiancos see a return on their investment and be able to “Save Veronica” and remove this four year old little girl from her true loving and extended family because they, a legal team, and celebrity spokespersons, were able to trick an American soldier out of his paternal rights to parent by corrupting even those who are appointed to look out for the child’s best interest??

Justice for Veronica Rose? Will it be Blood or Money?

We don’t know yet which sides the scales of justice might yet fall, though we hope that blood wins over money. Dusten Brown might not have Dr. Phil and Troy the Locator on his side with their camera crews and slippery tongues, but we do know that love and truth are with him. Ok,  we know he has real love as we see it on Veronica’s smiling face, we are going to inject a bit of real truth right about …now.

Over and over again with discussion the Baby Veronica Rose Case on news articles and forums, people try to side with the Capobianco’s claim to “Save Veronica”  by making comments such as:

  • Dusten Brown didn’t’ have any interest in Veronica until the First Nations were involved” and then is something about payments that I do not claim to understand.
  • Or “Where was Dusten Brown during the pregnancy?”
  • Or my personal favorite; Dusten Brown is nothing but a Dead Beat DAD!” spoken or written with a true disgust because we all know that fathers that don’t PAY for the privilege of seeing their children deserve to have their rights to parent their children revoked immediately and forever. How else could we ever teach  a child the value of money?

But really, all snarkiness aside, let’s look deeper into the harsh claim that Dusten Brown was a dead beat father who never showed any interest at all in the child welfare of his yet unborn daughter who would become the very real, Veronica Rose Brown of today.

How Do We Know that Dusten Brown is a Dead Beat Dad?

Well first off, Dusten Brown doesn’t even fit the definition of a true “Dead Beat Dad” even if he hadn’t tried at all to support Veronica.  A “deadbeat dad”  is a term commonly used by child support agencies to refer to men who have fathered a child and willingly fail to pay child support ordered by a family law court or statutory agency such as the Child Support Agency. At the point in time of these accusations, there was NO Child Support agency involved in the case of Adoptive Couple vs Baby Girl nor is there one yet involved to this day!

On one hand, we have the words of Dusten Brown himself about his relationship with Veronica Rose’s soon to be birth mother, Christy Maldonado:

“..one week we were planning a big, outside wedding and celebrating ecstatically the news of our pregnancy…I told her I had money saved and not to worry and asked her what she needed…I knew that my military benefits would provide the medical and financial support she needed, so I did everything I could to push the wedding date up…I called. I texted. I begged. I pleaded. I drove four hours and knocked at my ex-fiancée’s door, praying she would answer…I had offered financial support, military benefits, everything I had… I was told no..”

Sounds like he was doing pretty much everything he could do to support the mother of his unborn child and Christy Maldonado  was the one who said NO. And let’s think about this for a half second here; if Dusten Brown had continued to PUSH his way into her life and insist that she do what he wanted, if he had made her marry him or refused to leave her alone when she wanted him out of her life then would that not be stalking or harassment?  Would the accusations now be that he was overbearing and controlling and aggressive as well as a dead beat dad? Kind of damned if he did and now damned if he didn’t!

But alas, let me not put words in anyone’s mouths. We had Dusten’s word’s, now let us have Crissy’s. Yes, as a matter of fact, I do actually have Christy Maldonado’s words here and not that lovely little piece that she “penned” for the Washington Post. Nope!  What we have here is….

The Direct and Cross Examination of Christy Maldonado in Adoptive Couple vs Baby Girl dated September 13, 2011

Now before I share this bit of court document candy with you, I do want to take a moment to point out Judge Malphrus’ Bench Ruling on this aspect of the case as it SPECIFICALLY relates to the issue of Dusten Brown’s attempts to support Christy Maldonado and his unborn daughter Veronica Rose Brown AND also to the issue of what rights he “signed away.” Being that, you know, those are the most common nails in his coffin of public opinion and why he should lose his daughter again. The bench ruling, which is the final decree of the judge who has been there and physically heard these statements made and whose is trusted by the public to make said decisions, is at the end of this rather long PDF of the actual court  documents which you are free to read in their entirety, but I know people like to get to the juicy stuff first. Oh, you skimmers, you!

Anyway, I repeat, after hearing Christy Maldonado’s “side of the story” on whether Dusten Brown tried to support her during the pregnancy of Veronica Rose Brown, the Judge found on 9-29-2011:

“I do not find the birth mother’s testimony credible as to any type of assistance she may have sought – – she may have sought form birth father. To the contrary, I find that it was her desire, and she made active efforts, to have no contact whatsoever with birth father and herself and birth father and the minor child prior to or after the birth of the minor child. I find it credible to believe that the birth mother so wanted to limit the contact between her and  birth father that she sought out the adoption option so that birth father would have no reason to be in her life.”

“As to evidence and testimony relating to birth father agreeing to ‘sign his rights away,’ I find that birth father believed  that in making this statement, all he was agreeing to was allowing birth mother to have sole custody of the child. I do not find birth mother’s testimony credible that birth father did not want to pay child support for this child.”

The Judge said: “I do not find ( Christy Maldonado) birth mother’s testimony credible that birth father ( Dusten Brown) did not want to pay child support for this child.( Veronica Rose Brown)” therefore, making Dusten Brown most certainly NOT a Deadbeat Father in any way at all.

And you can take THAT to the bank!

Direct and Cross Examination of Christy Maldonado in Adoptive Couple vs Baby Girl dated September 13, 2011

Yeah, I have a copy given to me by a little bird. It’s on my hard drive and under the Freedom of Information Act, I shall upload the PDF of them here.

They are already out in the public domain as well and can be seen here.  I will also be taking screen shots of each page and manually adding all 50 of them to Google so once they are indexed by Google, then I really have NO control at all over where they might go and how many times they might be shared.

They say the truth will set you free? I hope the truth will help keep Veronica Rose Brown Home with her Daddy!


Don’t forget to read the other TRUTHS about the Baby Veronica Brown Case!

Standing Our Ground for Veronica Rose Brown

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Claudia Corrigan DArcy

About Claudia Corrigan DArcy

Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy has been online and involved in the adoption community since early in 2001. Blogging since 2005, her website Musings of the Lame has become a much needed road map for many mothers who relinquished, adoptees who long to be heard, and adoptive parents who seek understanding. She is also an activist and avid supporter of Adoptee Rights and fights for nationwide birth certificate access for all adoptees with the Adoptee Rights Coalition. Besides here on Musings of the Lame, her writings on adoption issue have been published in The New York Times, BlogHer, Divine Caroline, Adoption Today Magazine, Adoption Constellation Magazine, Adopt-a-tude.com, Lost Mothers, Grown in my Heart, Adoption Voice Magazine, and many others. She has been interviewed by Dan Rather, Montel Williams and appeared on Huffington Post regarding adoption as well as presented at various adoption conferences, other radio and print interviews over the years. She resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, Rye, children, and various pets.
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34 Responses to The Truth about Veronica Rose Brown

  1. Elizabeth Freebird says:

    Nice work Claudia, thank-you.

  2. Randi says:

    Oooh, this is beyond awesome. Blow that PR nonsense right out of the water. The truth is in the documents!!!!!

  3. Mary Sassy also found the video of the turnover on 31 Dec 2011 where they ambushed Dusten with media and Capo supporters.
    http://maryreunited.blogspot.com/2013/08/christy-maldonado-in-her-own-words.html
    #KeepVeronicaHome

    • Lola KiscoLola Kisco says:

      Very important to watch.

      If I was about to lose my child; I would be hugging, speaking to her, telling her I loved her (I’d probably be doing so from a jail cell, since I’d exhaust every other option first).

      Watch the Capobiancos in the transition. Melanie is chatting with reporters, while Veronica Rose Brown’s head is laid down on her Dad’s head – probably bc she is sleepy and a bit scared with the ruckus surrounding her.

      The Capobiancos were more concerned with the media present than with Veronica Rose Brown’s comfort. If you have only a few minutes left with “your child”; would this be what those last few minutes look like?

      • Lola KiscoLola Kisco says:

        Meanwhile, later when Dusten Brown is taking her to the car – he is ambushed by reporters; yet stays calm and looks at Veronica Rose with a smile as if to say “Yes honey, there’s lots of people here – look at that!” and calm her down. He responds to ONE question with a quick answer, while barely taking his eyes off Veronica.

        Which situation is more calming for a 2 year old?

  4. Victoria Gallegos says:

    Awesome work! Thank you for this!

  5. Mamaonabar says:

    BRAVO…The TRUTH sets us FREE…..Now the C’s can take THAT to bankruptcy!

  6. Kojak says:

    Capobianco is her last name

    • adminadmin says:

      Yeah, only in YOUR mistaken reality. It is BROWN.. Now go have a nice day believing in rainbow farting unicorns and the tooth fairy because obviously lies are right up your alley. Oh PS.. No links allow to the C’s Crappy page here. Gotta rip that out, but nice try.

    • Eli Foster says:

      Kojak: What does this comment imply? That you feel that relevant law is circumvented to get what one wants? in that with a decision (based on error and outright disregard form SC state law) you feel that Veronica must be labeled as property?
      Do you mean to speak of the woman Melanie? This of course is correct in that her married name is Capbianco. Or are you just angry that the truth is out? This is my guess, please come with something worthwhile. To say “Her name is”… is simply you venting your anger and implies a disregard for truth. Crappy response.

  7. Lucky Frejo says:

    Since there was never a child support agency involved in this case, Mr. Brown should have simply sent $300/month to the birth mother out of the alleged goodness of his heart. Whether or not a man is actually Court Ordered to pay anything should not give him the choice to just sit back and say NOT ME, especially if he confesses to loving the child sooo much.

    • adminadmin says:

      I am assuming that you can read? Like read and comprehend words in English? And they make logical sense? Have you bothered to READ any of the statements made by Dusten Brown and backed up by Christy Maldonado saying that he tried to give her money and she went out of her way to remove him in any way possible from her life? What more proof besides a judges BENCH RULING do you need? God to write it out in the sky?
      And what I find amazing is that even if this man had had a book of check stubs proving that he sent her money, you would find something wrong with that! Let’s conveniently forget the fact that Veronica rose was NEVER ELIGIBLE FOR ADOPTION.

    • Eli Foster says:

      Lucky: Please read the documents. You response makes it painfully obvious that you failed to do so. When one makes this kind of statement without knowledge of the subject they are speaking to it makes them look like an ass…..I will not guide you to the proper place within the documents that refute you, it is plain that you lack knowledge of the subject and a full reading is therefore required.

    • Lola KiscoLola Kisco says:

      You’ve obviously failed to read the testimony and bench ruling; but I’ll sum it up nice and simple in one sentence: The judge ruled that Dusten’s attempts at support were ACTIVELY EVADED by Christinna Maldonado and the agency. If you need further explanation; simply read the document.

      Just to be clear: you are officially now supporting the removal of a child from a parent who lost the first 2 years of his daughters life BECAUSE he was actively KEPT OUT of it. This new (publicly new) information proves that without a shadow of a doubt.

      That being said; support what you want, but know what you’re supporting.

  8. Ron Ingrasin says:

    Excellent work Claudia. You have convincingly proved what we knew in our hearts and minds to be right.

  9. jeannette says:

    How can anyone be a deadbeat when he has raised his child for 19 months? He has proven his love by fighting for her, raising her, trying to support his ex-fiance while she was pregnant. He has done everything an outstanding father should do.

  10. Tracy says:

    Love YOU!

  11. Claud, thanks for doing the heavy lifting here and getting this out. Though I wait and watch for news about this incredible case, I feel that the Cherokee court will make the right decision and somehow (!) that will be enough to allow Veronica Brown to stay with her daddy.

    The South Carolina court originally make the right decision and then the adoption-prone Supremes think nothing of separating an individual from their real kin and forcing her to grow up in an environment where she will resemble no one, in physique or characteristics. People are not fungible.

  12. Why passions run hot in the Veronica Brown story

    Opps. meant to add this, as we have a different subject up now.

  13. TAO says:

    This entire case hurts my heart…

    Who on earth believes they are entitled to someone else’s child, when that someone else wants to parent his child?

    Adoption is finding a home for a child who needs one – not the other way around. WE are not commodities to be traded, sought after, fought for. WE are human beings deserving of the same respect every other human being deserves.

    A child has both a mother and father and cannot exist without both – one doesn’t get to decide what happens to the child – both must decide because both created the child. Same rights, not laws lobbied for by an adoption industry.

    As hard as I try I can’t come up with any “story” that could possibly make this okay for this child – that the C’s fought to take her away from her dad – I can’t. It won’t fly.

    Nor can I believe that anyone with any common sense would believe that disrupting her attachment for the third time will not scar her for life. Adoptees already deal with the first disruption for life.

    It’s just all too sad to see this level of entitlement to parent a child who is not your child – despite whatever piece of paper says otherwise. That doesn’t mean it’s moral, or right.

  14. I have posted a long letter I sent to Gov. Nikki Haley of SC to my Facebook page… I have facts noted on it as well… Great work on your reporting!

  15. Kathy says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this….it is amazing!!!

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  18. Barthoum says:

    Miki has released Brown’s testimony:

    https://gigesdi.wordpress.com/

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  20. alayna says:

    Where can we find the transcript of Dusten Brown? I would very much like to read it. Thanks. KeepVhome!

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  23. berkshiregrl says:

    This story has just made me so crazy that I started looking at adoption info. I’m an adult adoptee and have my own story but the selfishness of these adoptive “parents” is breathtaking. It’s clear they were part of an orchestrated plan to conceal the baby from Dusten until it was too late. Even if they truly didn’t know, they knew at 4 months. No damage would have been done to the baby to turn her over to her father then. A truly loving “parent” would have. But it’s like they paid good money, damn it, and they are white and christian and affluent and that so that nobody birth father was not worthy of their concern. I’m sure they even believed that what they could buy their daughter made them better parents. But to then take her again, after she lived with her father and step-mother and half sibling for two years. I’m sorry, but these people are despicable.

    This has made me really think about the adoption industry in this country and take to heart the criticisms I’m hearing about. I totally agree that adoption should be about children who need a family and not adults who need and want a child.

  24. BD says:

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