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Adoption Process Halted for Another South Carolina Couple

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Another South Carolina couple's adoption of a Native American baby has been stopped this week after a judge granted custody to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe.

An Oklahoma judge awarded custody of four-month old Desaray to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe following the couple's attempt to adopt the infant after she was born in May.

According to an Associated Press report, the infant's biological father is seeking custody. Because Desaray's biological mother is a tribal member, the Absentee Shawnee Tribe has stepped in and the tribe was awarded custody this week.

The Indian Child Welfare Act favors Native children living with other tribal members.

The case mirrors another the ongoing dispute involving Dusten Brown and Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

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