PUBLISHED IN THE CLAREMORE DAILY PROGRESS, CLAREMORE, OKLA., DECEMBER 7, 2006.
IN THE DISTRICT COURT
OF ROGERS COUNTY
STATE OF OKLAHOMA
IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF: MELANIE GRACE FIELDS, dob March 23, 2005, a minor child.
Case No.: FA-2006-61
NOTICE OF BEST INTEREST HEARING/FINAL ADOPTION HEARING
TO: JOHN JENNINGS ALDRICH and JODIE LYNN FIELDS SMITH
TAKE NOTICE that a Petition for Adoption of MELANIE GRACE FIELDS has been filed in the District Court of Rogers County, Oklahoma, by Lynda L. Aldrich. A copy of said Petition is attached hereto.
1. The Petition will be heard on the 10th day of January, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. before the Honorable Judge L. Joe Smith in the District Courthouse at Claremore, State of Oklahoma for final hearing on adoption.
2. The child in question is not a member of any federally recognized Indian Tribe in Oklahoma. The child is not an “Indian child” under the Federal and State Indian Child Welfare Acts.
YOU HAVE SPECIFIC RIGHTS UNDER THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACTS, 25 U.S. C. § 1912 (A) AND 10 O.S. § 40.4 THESE RIGHTS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING
3. State law requires herein a statement notifying the biological parents (if applicable), Indian Custodian (if any), and the Tribe of the following rights:
a. The right to intervene in these proceedings;
b. The right to petition this court to transfer the proceedings to the tribal court of the Indian child; and
c. The right to request an additional twenty (20) days from receipt of notice to prepare for the proceeding; further extensions of time may be granted with court approval.
4. This notice must be provided to the biological parents (if applicable), Indian Custodian (if any), the tribe and the appropriate area Bureau of Indian Affairs office with a copy of the Petition of this proceeding. The notice must be sent by registered mail, return receipt requested.
5. If a biological parent and/or Indian Custodian has a stake in this matter, said parties may be entitled to a court-appointed counsel, should they prove unable to afford a private attorney.
6. Take further notice that under the Federal Indian Child Act, 25 U.S.C. § 1915, there are placement preferences that must be followed in the absence of good cause to the contrary.
7. The Tribe and tribal officials should keep confidential any and all attachments hereto, and any and all information obtained in this proceeding.
IF APPLICABLE, THE PARENT AND/OR INDIAN CUSTODIANS ARE ADVISED THAT THESE PROCEEDINGS MAY HAVE SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES ON THEIR PARENTAL RIGHTS TO THIS CHILD, INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY OF A LOSS OF CUSTODY OR THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS.
s/ L. Joe Smith
Judge of the District Court
Respectfully submitted by:
Stephen R. Pazzo, Jr., OBA #18980
P.O. Box 2363
123 S. Muskogee Ave.
Claremore, OK 74018
Attorney for the Petitioner
Judge of the District Court