Once a child is officially adopted, you’d think that it would become a permanent situation. But unfortunately for some, this isn’t always the case.
Tammy and Edward Dalsing from Rock Hill, South Carolina, were declared the adoptive parents of three-year-old Braelynn Puckett in 2015, two years after they became her foster parents. She was only three weeks old when she was put into their care after being taken away from her biological mother because she was born with cocaine and benzoylecgonine in her system.
She’s never even met her father, who was incarcerated at the time for two contempt of court charges, two fraud, bank notes, or coins charges and one probation violation. But despite all this, she might be taken away from her adoptive family and put into her father’s custody.
Though a family court judged terminated the parental rights of Braelynn’s biological parents, Erica Smith and Andrew Jack Myers, an appellate court judge ruled to vacate the adoption in December 2016 after Myers was released from jail.
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Myers’ attorney is arguing that he wasn’t present in court when his rights were terminated, rendering the ruling injust. The appellate court judge agreed.
“We vacate the family court’s finding that father’s consent was not
required for the adoption and the family court’s order granting foster
parents adoption of child. We find
the record does not contain clear and convincing evidence showing father
willfully failed to visit child,” the appellate court opinion read.
But according to the judge who issued the adoption order, Myers has never paid any child support, though he had funds in his commissary account to do so. The Dalsings also say that besides one card sent for Braelynn’s first birthday, he’s never tried to contact them about his daughter.