TX Father Reunited with his Son after Utah Adoption Reversed

by Norris Law Group on March 5, 2014

mothers-day_1100013049-1013intOn December 17, 2013, the Salt Lake City Tribune published a story about Samuel G. Dye, a Texas resident and father of a then two-year-old boy who had been put up for adoption in Utah without his knowledge. This article expounds on the story of Dye and other fathers who have brought suit against the State of Utah in multiple adoption cases, as reported in the January 31 edition of this blog.

In 2011, Dye initially discovered that his then-girlfriend was pregnant at a very difficult moment—when he regained consciousness after having been shot five times in a home invasion and robbery. The difficulties did not stop there.  After the birth of their son, Samir Oscar Dye, both Dye and his girlfriend (who did not marry) tested positive for marijuana use. Texas welfare officials intervened, and Dye and his girlfriend attended parenting classes. Family members also supported the couple’s efforts to care for their son by helping with employment and sharing child care duties.  Dye’s name was on the child’s birth certificate and he was always formally recognized as the boy’s father, although custody of the child was ultimately granted to the mother.

In November 2012, Dye was in the process of setting up a visitation schedule through the Texas courts. The mother, however, then told Dye that she would be traveling to Louisiana with the boy to visit her mother, whom she said was ill. In August 2013, however, Dye learned that the mother had actually put the child up for adoption in Utah without his knowledge.

Dye immediately contacted Heart and Soul Adoptions of Centerville, demanding answers. The agency’s director, Denise Garza, told Dye that he was not listed on the boy’s birth certificate as the father, which he knew was untrue. He brought legal action in Texas, which ultimately claimed jurisdiction in the case. After a long fight which involved courts in Texas and Utah, Dye was reunited with his son in December 2013. As of this writing, his subsequent case against the state of Utah is ongoing.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of family law. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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