Daphne's Adoption and Safety!

I’m going to get really personal here. I don’t think the urgency of why we need this adoption and other things done now was apparent enough. In 2012 on thanksgiving, when Daphne was 14 months old, her biological father raped me, in front of her. I had come to pick Daphne up and he would not let us leave. I reported it and he plead guilty to two charges, getting 3 measly years in prison. He’s also been arrested for child endangerment but the sexual assault happened shortly after that and he was never charged for the child endangerment. We got a restraining order put on that is expiring this December and we want to try to get it renewed for Daphne’s safety and my own. In December of 2015, just a couple month after getting out of prison, he took me to court to try to gain custody/visitation rights of Daphne. Thankfully he was not awarded any at that time but the door was left open for future attempts. Him having any contact with her would be DETRIMENTAL. After that we went to an adoption lawyer who told us that adoption would be very difficult when the father is wanting to be involved. He said we would have a fighting chance if there was two years of no contact or attempt of contact. That two years is coming up this December. If her biological tries for custody again that counts as an attempt and I don’t know if my husband will ever get to adopt her. We want her biological fathers rights terminated! We don’t want to live the rest of our lives worrying about our daughters safety and well being. Her biological is a registered sex offender and is supposed to have his address registered at all times. He is in violation of that, he has no address which means we have no place to serve him. Lawyer says we can still do this but that it’s going to take longer, which means more cost for us. Also because his rights aren’t terminated I have to notify him of when and where we plan to move 45 days in advance. I am very overwhelmed with all of this. My daughter deserves to be officially adopted by the man who raised her sooner rather than later. She deserves to have continued stability, safety and happiness. Please help our family. Please donate, share, and keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Hello! I am reaching out to all of my friends and others who might be able to help out our family. My husband wants to adopt Daphne, our 6 year old daughter. He is the only father she has ever known. He's been there every step of the way from dirty diapers and tantrums to daddy daughter dances and losing her first teeth. I couldn't ask for a better father to my sweet Daphne. Daphne's biological father was around for a short period of time. He put her in harms way on more than one occasion and never once helped to support her. Two years ago, after getting out of prison, he was given the opportunity to gain visitation rights but never did what the judge offered. As her parents we want the best for her. We don't want her finding out things that her little six year old heart couldn't understand.
My husband is currently serving our country and unfortunately the lawyer expenses and court fees are more than we can afford. We want to keep our family together, Safe, and be able to continue on our path as a military family! We would be so grateful for anything you can do to help us reach our goal. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you!





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Jaime Birdo 
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Palm Desert, CA
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