Several stories in the news lately feature the experiences of fathers fighting for custody of children placed for adoption without their consent. Birth fathers are often left out in discussions about adoption and permanency.
In one recent ruling, the Utah Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that determined a Colorado man was not entitled to intervene in the adoption of his daughter. The court determined that the man had reasonably relied on the mother's statements to stay and give birth in Colorado, where Mr. Manzanares filed for paternity. Instead, the mother traveled to Utah and had the child there, where Manzanares had not filed for paternity.
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