Utah Law Allows Children to Be Given Up For Adoption Without Fathers' Consent
A class-action lawsuit claims that Utah’s adoption laws make it “nearly impossible” for biological fathers to gain custody of their children before the mother gives the baby up for adoption.
Utah law allows children to be put up for adoption with the consent of just one parent. William Bolden is one of 12 men in eight states who are suing to change Utah’s adoption laws. Bolden’s girlfriend disappeared two months before the birth of his son, and she gave him up for adoption at LDS Family Services, which is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder-Day Saints.
Some say the law hasn’t changed due to the strong influence of the Mormon church. The Church of Ladder-Day Saints’ handbook reads, “When the probability of a successful marriage is unlikely … the unmarried parents should be counseled to work with LDS Family Services to place the child for adoption.”
Meanwhile, Bolden continues to fight for custody of his son, who will be 3 years old in March.
Watch Alicia Acuna’s full report above.