The picture is a screen shot of the Facebook Message I received from Lori Alvino McGill – the attorney representing, Christy Maldonado, Veronica Brown’s Birth Mother, in the case Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Veronica. (But please do not refer to her as a baby. She isn’t one. Miss Veronica is a much better choice for this almost four year old little girl.)
Here is the text of her message . . .
**Should point out that Dusten/Dustin's atty spelled Christy!s name wrong in court papers in OK after he learned of adoption.**
Here is the link she left . . .
And here is my response . . .
I am a bit baffled why you, as an attorney for the Birth Mother in this case, would find it productive to message me in an attempt to discredit Dusten Brown and his fight for his daughter, Veronica. I have been very vocal in several cases that involve the fight for Father’s rights, but this is the first time I have ever had an attorney resort to Facebook Messages to try and discredit a father for his fight for his own child.
And, honestly, if you were hoping this action of yours would sway my opinion, you obviously have no clue that everything I stand for, fight for, and believe in is in complete contrast to what you are representing.
I understand your message to me was quick and simple and was meant to serve one purpose . . .make me doubt Dusten Brown and his right to keep and raise his daughter, Veronica. But, to me, the fact that you sent it in the first place, said a whole lot more than what your quick, simple sentence ever could.
You don’t know me or what I already know about the adoption industry and those, like you, who defend it. But you assumed, off of a comment I left on a news station story, that I was one who would not question why an attorney was personally messaging me through Facebook, of all places, to try and taint the reputation of one who is in disagreement with the client you represent.
You obviously didn’t stop to question, or even look into, my experience or knowledge with the multi-billion dollar adoption industry. Instead, you assumed, messaging me a mere repeat of the lies and deceptions that have been a part of this case from the start would be enough to sway me to the side of your client, Christy Maldonado and the couple she gave Veronica away to, the Capobiancos.
But, since you did choose to contact me and engage me, perhaps you will be willing to answer some questions for me.
--What exactly are you trying to accomplish by claiming Dusten’s attorneys misspelled Christy’s name on paperwork filed AFTER he learned she was trying to give his daughter away for adoption without his consent? (Which I would love to know the source of this “fact” you are sharing with me to persuade me to support the Capobiancos.) Are you suggesting that this supposive name-spelling error was equal to the one that deceived the Cherokee Nation? Is your stance that, had this particular misspelling not occurred, the transfer of Veronica out of OK, or the adoption, would or would not have happened?
--What is your, and your husband’s exact relationship and past experience with Justice Roberts who ruled on this case in SCOTUS? Are you in support of his actions of ruling on this highly-controversial case if he does indeed have personal ties to you and/or your husband?
--What expenses, exactly, did the Capobiancos pay for in regards to your client, the Birth Mother of Veronica? As one who knows the greed of the adoption industry and is not surprised by the $30,000 to $40,000 the Capobiancos paid to the agency to obtain a child for them, I am extremely curious about the actual expenses that were covered for Christy and would very much like the honest answer that we all know . . . the money was given to her (in whatever form can be justified as legal) with the expectation and knowledge she would be handing over her daughter in return.
--What steps was your client advised to take by the agency to make sure Dusten Brown would have his rights stripped from him by reason of abandonment? For those of us well-researched and knowledgeable of the adoption industry, we are more than aware of the coaching adoption agencies give to pregnant mothers so that they know just what to do to make sure a father is stripped of any chance to his own child.
--When, as stated by law, did Christy inform Dusten of her intent to give Veronica up for adoption?
--How much of your client’s story should the public actually believe when the South Carolina Family Court ruling was that it did not find the Birth Mother’s testimony credible?
--Was your client aware of the deceitful actions of approaching Dusten Brown just days before he was to be deployed to fight for our country to have him sign papers that were falsely presented to him as a prerequisite to the service of a summons and complaint?
--Have you, acting in the best interest of your client, made sure she fully understands that the Capobiancos’ promise of open adoption is not legally enforceable and that they can, and very well might, close the adoption if they do succeed in getting Veronica back?
--Has your client expressed concerns over the fact that the Capobiancos are sensationalizing Veronica, an innocent child, by appearing on the Dr. Phil show, allowing his cameras to film what is happening and planning a return appearance on his show in September?
--What are your client’s thoughts on the fact that the Capobiancos gave permission for Troy Dunn to invade a preschool with a television crew in an attempt to locate Veronica and confront Dusten Brown?
--What are your client’s thoughts about the fact that Dusten Brown, a natural father providing a stable, loving home for Veronica, actually had an arrest warrant issued and had to turn himself in for no other reason than he believes his daughter is worth fighting for and isn’t willing to just hand her over because some couple desires to claim her as their own?
--And what is, as one First (Birth) Mother asking another, Christy thinking? What is pushing her so hard to deny her own daughter the right to her natural family, her heritage? Why can she not see that the material things the Capobiancos can offer Veronica are meaningless compared to what Veronica will have growing up with those who share her same talents and traits. Who she can, every day, see the same mannerisms, the same resemblances? Why is she so intent on denying Veronica her right to her natural family?
Those are just a few of my many questions. Ones I hope you will answer.
And you may very well choose to ignore me since my response is obviously not what you were hoping for. But, so you are aware, since you took the initiative to contact me, I will be taking the same initiative to post your message and my response to my blog, Adoption Truth. And, in doing so, I will not be the only one waiting for your response. Many of my followers and readers will also be waiting. Hopefully, you will not disappoint us since you were the one who originally deemed it a wise decision to engage me in this debate.