Update in the Salt Lake Tribune on the adoption saga – the appeal…

05 Jan

Utah judge upholds decision to give father custody of his child

A Utah judge on Friday refused to stay his decision giving a South Carolina father custody of his 22-month-old daughter, who was placed for adoption by his ex-wife without the man’s knowledge or consent.

Fourth District Judge Darold McDade also left intact his ruling that set a Jan. 16 deadline for the couple who now have the child to give her up.

Lance Rich, an attorney representing adoptive parents Jared and Kristi Frei, said they will ask the Utah Court of Appeals to issue a stay while they appeal McDade’s rulings.

The Freis declined to comment after the 2½-hour hearing, which McDade scheduled on short notice and closed to media. Terry Achane, the child’s father, was unable to travel to Utah for the hearing, his attorney said.

“It’s a very weighty issue for the judge,” Scott Wiser, one of Achane’s attorneys, said outside the courtroom. “It’s a difficult human case and [the judge] is trying to do the best he can with the arguments out there, the rights of the parties, and what’s best for Teleah. That was forefront in his mind, what’s in Teleah’s best interests.”

Go read the rest of the article.  And of course, they are filing yet another appeal…for goodness sakes – when will this madness end.

Previous post  (2nd post) below…

Utah adoption saga: New questions as fight continues

The Salt Lake Tribune has learned the Utah adoption agency that arranged for a married father’s child to be given up at birth is under scrutiny by state licensing officials and the adoptive parents have acted on their pledge to try to block the toddler’s return to her dad.

Ken Stettler, licensing director for the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, told the Tribune that the Adoption Center of Choice has operated under a corrective action plan since September, when its license was extended but not renewed. The action was taken because of documentation deficiencies in some case files, Stettler said.

Important read – more about the agency, licensing, the timeline, the appeal, the different names the agency has done business under, requirements of advertising fees paid to another company…  Very interesting…

It also includes details about helping “either” family…

Previous post below…

Father is ready to turn page on Utah adoption horror story

A 4th District Court judge says he is “astonished and deeply troubled” by a Utah adoption agency’s deliberate move to circumvent the rights of a married man whose daughter was adopted at birth without his knowledge.

The Provo judge, while noting the birth mother had deceived her husband, the adoption agency and the prospective parents, has given the adoptive couple 60 days to give the child back.

In a 48-page ruling, Judge Darold McDade said the Adoption Center of Choice’s policy of refusing to disclose any information to Terry Achane once he learned what had happened to his baby is “utterly indefensible.”

Go read the whole story – so wrong – no words…


Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Adoption, adoptive parents, biological child, Ethics


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5 responses to “Update in the Salt Lake Tribune on the adoption saga – the appeal…

  1. Heather

    January 6, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Thanks for the update Tao. This breaks my heart. I can’t believe the Freis are still allowed to continue with this kidnapping.

    I just donated $10 USD through PayPal. I know it’s not much but I hope it helps Terry to see I care & I want him to get his daughter back.


  2. Valentine Logar

    January 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    It is unbelievable these selfish unrighteous and ignorant asses continue this farce. I have also donated to the father who needs his child returned to him immediately. These people need to be jailed for contempt of court and kidnapping.


    • TAO

      January 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      It is so unbelieveable to me.


  3. jaggirl47

    January 7, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Anyone that is able to donate, please do. Terry’s bills are currently at $25,000. This does not include the costs of the appeal that will last 1-3 years, or the new appeal being filed this week on the stay. All of the donation infor can be found on the FB link. Donations are handled by Terry’s attorney only, not the FB page.!/SupportTerryAchane


  4. shadowtheadoptee

    January 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Unbelievable to me how people can do this kind of thing, and still ive with themselves, much less have the audacity to think they are more deserving of the child than the childs biological father. Makes me sick.



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