For once! The fathers get their fair shake in court. Normally, fathers for one reason or another, are not successful in family cases where they try to sue for custody of their children. But women and men alike are unsuccessful in having their children returned once they’ve chosen to put them up for adoption.
In an outrageous adoption case in Utah, Judge Darold McDade of Provo, Utah, ruled that Terry Achane have his daughter returned to him by adoptive parents Jared and Kristi Frei within 60 days because of an illegal adoption that is normal for Utah.
Little 18-month-old Leah Frei or Teleah, as her daddy calls her, was put up for adoption by Achane’s wife while he was stationed in South Carolina to work as a drill instructor at Fort Jackson. He thought he would be returning in time to see his daughter born, but instead found his wife, Tira Bland, had fled to Utah to put their daughter up for adoption without his consent through the Adoption Center of Choice. Judge McDade found the actions of the adoption center “utterly indefensible” and ordered in favor of Achane.
Bland took this action because she knew that she could go to Utah and put the child up for adoption without Achane’s consent because it is commonplace in Utah for single women who make this decision without their child’s father’s involvement. According to the Huffington Post report:
“The state has a reputation as “a magnet for those seeking to unfairly cut off opportunities for biological fathers to assert their rights to connection with their children,” Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham wrote back in 2009 in a case where a mother in Wyoming lied and told the father she had miscarried, then put the baby up for adoption in Utah.”
Read more here. Congratulations to Terry Achane and his little Teleah.