Last year, I did 12 for 12 to end the year and I enjoyed trying to come up with posts others may have not read. This year I decided to mix it up a bit…this year focusing adoptees and fathers and justice or not…and no, I don’t expect you to read all the links they are just for reference because this post took a while to compile…
1. Justice happened this year for Hana. The story of Hana’s death and how she and Immanuel were treated by Larry and Carri Williams still brings tears to my eyes. A post about Hana by Kathryn Joyce here.
2. Another case where justice for an adoptee happened just this month. On December 19th, the inquest into the death of Ashley Smith found it was a homicide.
Many fathers have been in the news in the last few years contesting adoption of their child. Some have won, yet, many fathers who have fought to parent their child for years are still waiting for an answer from the courts. Lets hope 2014 becomes the year people start realizing that babies for adoption do not happen through immaculate conception, but rather, those babies have fathers and they care.
3. A sad outcome for Dusten Brown in his quest to raise his daughter.
4. A good outcome in the case of Sgt. Terry Achane and his daughter Teleah, link to last article.
5. Christopher Carlton is still waiting a ruling from the Utah Supreme Court as far as I can tell.
6. Rob Manzanares is waiting the ruling from a December 2013 hearing in Colorado should happen in a few weeks, yet has taken far too many years and court cases to get to this point. This is yet another case involving Utah where the Colorado mother went to give birth. This case started back in January 2008, and in January 2012 the Utah Supreme Court ruled for the father sending the case back to the lower courts. In March 2012 a Utah judge agreed to dismiss the adoption petition leaving the door open for Colorado to take jurisdiction, in the time since – he’s had a few opportunities to get to know his child.
7. Jake Strickland is still pressing on in the Utah courts. Article from December 2011, and as I understand it, he is currently waiting on whether the Utah Supreme Court will hear the appeal. Big news is that a civil suit has been filed…posts with the last day or two here and here.
8. Ramsey Shaud a father who filed in the putative father’s registries in Florida, Arizona, and Utah and whose child was born in January 2010, won a legal victory at that Utah Supreme Court level in November of 2012 but according to this article in February 2013 still had not been reunited with his child. If anyone has any new information it would be appreciated.
9. Jeremy Simmonds and Baby Desirai, a baby born in Oklahoma in 2013 and moved to South Carolina. Case is still pending as far as I know.
10. Jacob Brooks case is transferred to the Utah Supreme Court per Mr. Wes Hutchins at the Utah Council for Ethical Adoptions Facebook page which states he is from Pennsylvania, and the now familiar story about the mother going to Utah. I can’t find any newspaper reports about this case, and assume Mr. Hutchins is his attorney.
11. Texas father Samuel Gerome Dye won in Utah just this month. Texas father reunited with 2-year-old son placed for adoption in Utah this summer. While this case was similar, it was also very different as the mother placed the child for adoption as a toddler.
12. This last entry is for the many other fathers who have fought, and are fighting for, the right to parent their child. They aren’t taking it quietly anymore, and I applaud them and give thanks to lawyers willing to stand tall beside them. No one in the adoption world can say fathers don’t care anymore. While searching for updates to the above cases, I came upon this article from 2007 that was sparked by yet another father contesting. I urge you to read it because it paints a clear picture of how some in the adoption industry feel about fathers, and mothers too for that matter.
I’ll leave you with this post (definition and further down the poem) to mull on as this year comes to a close. Hiraeth
If I have made any errors please tell because this post was hard to do and get right…