Update in the Salt Lake Tribune – Reunited…

25 Jan

Father reunited with daughter who was adopted at birth by Utah couple

Provo • Terry Achane walked out of a 4th District courtroom Friday clutching a grocery bag containing two baby bottles.

Achane is going to need them.

The previous day, he was reunited with his 2-year-old daughter, Teleah.

It was a happy ending to Achane’s lengthy court battle to gain custody of the girl, who was placed for adoption at birth without his knowledge.

“I’m very happy,” a smiling Achane (pronounced A-chan) said Friday. “It’s 22 months too long — but the wait was worth it. I’ve got my daughter.”

The father and daughter will leave for Fort Jackson in South Carolina on Saturday. Waiting for them is Achane’s extended family, who can’t wait to meet Teleah.

More to the story at the link above…there still is the hearing in March noted in the story below.

Previous posts below…

Utah Supreme Court denies stay in married father’s adoption case

The Utah Supreme Court on Friday declined to stay a trial court judge’s order giving a married father custody of a child who was placed for adoption at birth without the father’s consent or knowledge. The court also set an expedited hearing for the appeal.

The high court on Tuesday had put a temporary hold on 4th District Court Judge Darold McDade’s decision giving Terry Achane custody of his 2-year-old daughter, Teleah. The toddler has lived with adoptive parents Jared and Kristi Frei since her birth.

Go read the rest of the story because I am unsure on what it means.  From what I understand, the Utah Supreme Court is going to hear the appeal, but at least they have set an expedited court date at the end of March.  It also appears that the original judge decides who Teleah stays with until then?  What a mess – who would keep a child from the legal father – especially just months after the birth, and now it is still going on.  Just not right.

Utah Court puts temporary hold on returning girl to dad

The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday put a temporary hold on a trial court judge’s order giving a married father custody of his daughter, who was placed for adoption at birth without the father’s consent or knowledge.

Terry Achane, an Army drill sergeant stationed at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, was waiting in Dallas to board a plane bound for Utah, when he got the news. A hearing set for Wednesday in Provo’s 4th District Court, during which Achane expected to get custody of Teleah, his 2-year-old daughter, was canceled.


The high court said the provisional stay on the petition for emergency relief filed by the adoptive parents would give it “the time necessary to adjudicate the request for emergency relief,” but did not indicate how long that might take.

“It could be a day or two, it could be a week,” Wiser said.

I am so stunned that the only words I have, are ones that are so not nice…all I can say is it better be top of the agenda at the USC…go read the whole article.  While you are at it, read this article that details other prospective adoptive parents dealing with the same agency…Utah adoption agency accused of leaving trail of broken dreams, emptied wallets

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…

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 25, 2013 in Adoption, adoptive parents, biological child, Ethics


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4 responses to “Update in the Salt Lake Tribune – Reunited…

  1. LISA

    January 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I am glad to hear that it gives us some hope for Bentlea to come homeI Am an American citizen and a Missouri resident, and I have never been so ashamed of this until now. There are a million government programs out there for women who keep there child and for the woman who put there child up for adoption. Which is why I am writing.Back in February 2012 my son moved in with his girlfriend and they were planning a wedding when she found out she was pregnant. In May 2012 she decided to move her new boyfriend in and was drinking and taking birth control to abort the baby, after my son left the home he was told by her and her mother that she was getting an abortion. Well in December 2012 he was contacted by the new boyfriend, because they lied to adoption lawyer and said he(the new boyfriend) was the father and when they wanted dna they came clean about the lie and the lawyers wanted my son to provide dna and sign away his rights. The dna is no problem sign away his rights is.Since December 2012 we have tried finding resources and laws on his rights. Well guess what there are no resource and since hes and unwed father he seems to have no right because hes is unwed father ,temporary unemployed and lives with my mom to help her since she is old and sick. Every organization and government program tells us to get an attorney So far the only help we have gotten is a court appointed attorney Who tells us he has no chance because he is poor temporary layoff is the same as no job and since he lives with my mom in a small apartment he doesn’t have proper housing On top of that the attorney told him even if he had a place of his own it would cost thousands of dollars for the state to do a home study.And yes he is now on the Missouri punitive fathers registry. I do agree with the woman’s right her body her choice But as soon as that child is born its no longer her body Its a whole new life and the father should have all the rights as a mother does when it comes to his child. It amazes me a mother doesn’t have to tell a man hes a father or if she decides to place that child for adoption If I’m not wrong she is an unwed mother what is the difference between a unwed mother and an unwed father??? Right now we have to prove my son is fit to raise a child I don’t see unwed mother having to go to court to prove she is a fit parent And even if they did there would government programs to help her.While looking up laws on terminating a parents right to a child I found that A person who abuses there child is given every chance and resources to help him/her to regain custody of the child.There are women’s groups and government programs to go after dead beat father but there is nothing for the fathers who want to be in there child’s life and provide good homes for them If the mother doesn’t want a child and places it for adoption a father should have the right to step in immediately and take custody of the child He should not have to fight a couple to get his child And this leads me to my next problem Again we are talking about the rights of 2 people who were never married and since they were not married The father has little or no choice In the state Of Missouri you cannot get married if you are gay With that being said My sons child was placed with a lesbian couple who cannot get married Again he is an unwed father and since they cannot get married doesn’t this make them unwed parents What is the difference??? There needs to be laws out there for the fathers and women need to be held accountable FOR THERE ACTIONS AS WELL IT WASN’T JUST THE MAN WHO HAD SEX she was there to Married or not And a child should never be put up for adoption when there is a father out there that should have every right to raise his child Its sad when a child abuser has a better chance to get there child than a unwed father does


  2. shannon2818

    January 26, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Fascinating story – thanks for sharing it.


  3. Heather

    January 26, 2013 at 6:25 am

    I am so happy for Teleah & Terry!


  4. Valentine Logar

    January 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I am happy he has his daughter back for now. Hopefully the courts in Utah will not do anything stupid in March.



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