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Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

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Case Term OT 2012
Category Other Cases
Question Presented (1) Whether a non-custodial parent can invoke the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), 25 U.S.C. §§ 1901-63, to block an adoption voluntarily and lawfully initiated by a non-Indian parent under state law; and (2) whether ICWA defines “parent” in 25 U.S.C. § 1903(9) to include an unwed biological father who has not complied with state law rules to attain legal status as a parent.
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Outcome - Reverse

This case was decided on 24 June, 2013.

Roberts
Robertsremand
Scalia
Scaliaaffirm
Kennedy
Kennedyremand
Thomas
Thomasremand
Ginsburg
Ginsburgaffirm
Breyer
Breyerremand
Alito
Alitoremand
Sotomayor
Sotomayoraffirm
Kagan
Kaganaffirm