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Suit: Utah adoption laws permit ‘legalized fraud and kidnapping’
Lawsuit » 12 biological fathers from across the U.S. say state’s adoption rules unconstitutional.


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The lawsuit states that one of the "express" roles of the state’s attorney general is to protect against deception, fraud and misrepresentation. Another role is to protect children from abuse and neglect.

But the state’s top law enforcement officers have "utterly failed" to protect minor children of the biological fathers and to safeguard their rights and best interests, despite being personally contacted about the situations involving at least five fathers.

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"Neither Shurtleff nor his successors have done anything as promised, and, in the meantime, biological fathers, and others, have been again and again unlawfully and continuously deprived of their constitutionally protected paternity rights," the lawsuit states.

The attorneys general "knew of the fraud and kidnapping that was taking place in Utah, under the guise of Utah’s adoption laws, and turned a blind eye to such practices, in direct contradiction to their personal promises, their oath of office, their statutory mandates, and their stated priorities, and also their oaths as licensed attorneys in Utah," that lawsuit adds.

The lawsuit says some adoption agencies, as shown in secretly recorded telephone conversations, encourage biological mothers to come to Utah and take steps so that a birth father would "never have a shot in hell in ever getting his child back," as one agency worker put it.

brooke@sltrib.com




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