As St. Louis-area readers of our blog know, families come in all shapes and sizes these days. Interracial households, same-sex parents and single fathers raising their children might all have raised eyebrows once upon a time. These days, however, what might have been considered a non-traditional family once upon a time is utterly commonplace.
Back in February we posted on the heartbreaking story of a father who had only seen his daughter once in four years. This was all due to the fact that without his permission, the mother of the child let her brother and sister-in-law adopted the little girl. However, in what is being considered a win for fathers around the country, the biological dad was recently awarded visitation rights.
More than a year ago we posted on one Missouri father's ongoing battle to get custody of his son. The claim was that his girlfriend had been suffering from postpartum depression when she signed away parental rights of the couple's 3-month-old baby without first consulting the father. Since he did not sign the birth certificate at the time of his son's birth, he was left with no legal rights to stop the adoption process.
For many men, the day they found out they were going to be a dad, was one of the happiest days of their life. Sadly, this joy can quickly turn to sorrow when the mother of the child purposely takes steps to take the biological father out of the picture.
Six years ago - when supposedly suffering from undiagnosed postpartum depression - a mother signed away parental rights of her 3-month old son to another couple, without ever even first consulting with the child's biological father. Since then the Missouri father has been fighting for custody.