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Switching families could have a psychological effect on Veronica

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Veronica with her adoptive parents Veronica with her adoptive parents

While it is not known at this time whether Veronica will return home to her adoptive parents on James Island, there is growing concern that the back and forth between families will affect the child.

Victoria DeShong is a certified family therapist who handles adoption cases. She said the even though Veronica may remember Matt and Melanie Capobianco, the possible transition will be tough.

"Even though they are familiar people, they have been out of her life for a year and a half." DeShong said, "It's really hard to take a person out of a situation, put them in another situation, and they spring back because they people are known to them. I think she'll have adjustment issues."

One of the biggest issues the Capobianco family may face if Veronica does return home to them is answering the tough questions the almost 3-year-old may ask.

"She could ask questions now that she couldn't ask then and although she is very limited in terms of her ability to understand, she can still ask, 'Why am I not with my other daddy, and why did you let me go,'" DeShong said.

The Supreme Court decision was one that was split 5-4. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she is also worried about the transition.

"However difficult it must have been for her to leave the adoptive couple's home when she was just over 2 years old, it will be equally devastating now if she is again removed from her home," Sotomayor said.

DeShong said the best option for Veronica is for both families to come to an agreement that allows all parties to still remain in her life.

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