A Father's Rights: Army Sgt. Fights to Get Back Daughter Given Up For AdoptionSerge Bielanko
In what seems to be a story with a mostly happy ending, an army drill sergeant whose estranged wife gave up their baby daughter for adoption without his consent, has been reunited with the little girl.
According to an article at Yahoo!, this whirlwind case centers on the biological father of the girl, Sgt. Terry Achane of the US Army, who claims that he was led to believe that his wife at the time had undergone an abortion
Only later did Sgt Achane discover the real truth, that he was in fact a father, and that the baby had been placed with a family in Utah, via an adoption agency.
He then began his quest to get her back.
Of course, in the middle of all of this is the Utah family called the Freis, who, according to Yahoo!,wrote a blog about their adoption of the little girl and claimed there that Sgt. Achane left his pregnant wife “… without any money, a car, or details of his whereabouts. Needing to act quickly for the best interest of her unborn child, and with incredible faith, fortitude, and courage, she put her child up for adoption.”
Yet, the Utah courts didn’t see it that way and instead, after a series of legal battles, finally awarded the return of the little girl to her biological father. Most recently, the Utah Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision which finally allowed for the physical reunion of dad and daughter.
“I’m just happy right now. I’m with my daughter,” Sgt. Terry Achane told Yahoo!. “It’s about time.”
Meanwhile, the judge who ruled to return custody to Achane said he was “astonished and deeply troubled” by the actions of the agency, the Adoption Center of Choice, who failed to get something major: the necessary approval of a living biological parent before placing a child in a new home.
Info source: Yahoo!
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