Father fights for daughter lost in 'secret' adoption

Father Fights Utah Adoption Law

A father's fight to reunite with his daughter who was secretly placed for adoption has finally come to an end.

Robert Manzanares has spent the past six years trying to regain custody of his daughter Kaia. Fox News explains Kaia's mother left Colorado while she was pregnant and secretly gave birth in Utah in 2008. Days later she put her daughter up for adoption and returned home.

This put both Colorado and Utah courts in Manzanares' way. After spending several years and more than $500,000, he was eventually able to get joint custody of his daughter with her adoptive parents, but is still waiting for his appeal for full custody to play out.

Manzanares is the first man to successfully defeat Utah's Fraud Immunity Statute - which prevents any adoption from being overturned.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill earlier this month giving fathers new rights in adoption cases. The Adoption Act Amendments would require mothers to live in the state for at least 90 days and the court may order them to notify the birth father before putting her baby up for adoption.
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