Get baby Kaylee home to her Daddy
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Here is a message from Colby's sister explaining the situation. The family has already put so much money in, and will have more bills to come with hiring a lawyer to bring baby Kaylee home. Anything that can be donated will be extremely appreciated by Colby and his family as they fight for Kaylee's return. Thank you for reading his story, and please share. God bless you all for the help and support you are showing the family during this nightmare.
My little brother’s baby was taken away from him last night, 11-18-2015, here in Cache County Utah. I’m writing this for all of my friends, family and community, in hopes that this issue gets out to the public and into the open. It is heart breaking and has apparently already affected a number of families here in Utah, because of a more recently passed Utah law.
A brief summary of the law is that a biological father, even listed as the father on the child’s birth certificate, does not have to sign and consent for his child to be adopted out. The mother can sign the child over, completely against the fathers will.
My brother Colby had his little girl taken away because of this law. Colby had been together with his girlfriend for over two years. He was with her all through the pregnancy. She was being pushed very strongly to adopt the baby out because the two were not yet married. Marriage was being discussed but would be further down the road. Colby was in the hospital when she had the baby, he never left her side or the baby’s side the entire time. He was a proud new Daddy, showing his new little girl off to all of us (Grandma, Grandpa, Brothers and Sisters.)
His girlfriend’s parents (I’m attempting to be respectful of privacy by leaving names out) were still pushing her to adopt the baby out, even threatening her. Her parents had a couple in their hometown (here in the valley) picked out for the baby to go to. They did not plan this to go through a typical adoption agency.
Colby and his girlfriend were being pressured to sign the baby over before leaving the hospital. Colby was completely against the adoption. His girlfriend was back and forth on her thoughts and unsure of the decision. The two talked and agreed to take the baby home. When it was time to leave the hospital, the two took their new little girl, who they named Kaylee Mae, to our parents’ home in Lewiston. There was a room already setup for little Kaylee Mae. Everything that was needed for the little one was all there and ready. Colby and his girlfriend had already done a lot of shopping for the baby, as did grandma and grandpa.
After a couple of days, the two decided together, to keep their little girl. The very next day, his girlfriend’s parents were upset and demanded that she go to their home and talk with them. Little Kaylee was left at home with Colby. Colby hadn’t left Kaylee’s side since she was born. He had already spent more time caring for her than her mother had. His girlfriend came back that evening, very upset and emotional, stating that she was going to sign the adoption papers that night.
Colby refused to sign, he was against the adoption. She left and signed the papers, leaving the baby with Colby. Since that night, Colby has had total care of his baby, his girlfriend not coming around at all. Colby planned on keeping custody of his Kaylee and started getting all the legal actions into place.
Colby has total support of his family: mom, dad, all four brothers and me, his only sister. His big brother Tyson and sister in law Kelsie, who have a new little one of their own, were proud to help Colby with some of the first baths, diaper changes and feedings, with me, our brothers and sister in laws, grandma and grandpa there willing to do whatever we could to help.
Grandma and Grandpa were 100% supportive, doing everything they could to help Colby with his new little girl. After the night his girlfriend left, she had never been back and took no more part in caring for the baby. Grandma was there every minute of every day and night to help. Even when it came time for Colby to fight to keep his baby, Grandma and Grandpa were there 100%.
Colby loves his little girl with all his heart. He has gone through absolute hell fighting to keep her and then losing her. He has pleaded with the couple to quit fighting him and just let him keep his baby. My whole family has been so involved and we are heart-broken. It is so hard for me to see my little brother so tore up and devastated.
My mom and dad are heart-broken and struggling to understand how this could’ve happened. They have invested in attorneys’ and spent numerous hours day and night along with Colby, trying to keep Colby’s baby, our Little Kaylee.
The final word came in last night, through law enforcement, that Colby had to turn his baby over to the couple that had been fighting to take her away from him. (As a side note: the adoptive couple hired a very expensive attorney- this same attorney has strong ties to this Utah law that was written and passed) According to Colby’s attorneys’- this adoption was ran through very secretively and quickly through the system- it was very shady.
Colby is an exceptional young man and an amazing father. He has never drank, smoked, used drugs, he has no criminal history, I don’t think he has even had so much as a speeding ticket. Our family is very close and would do anything for one another.
We feel that it is very important for Colby’s and Kaylee’s story to get out. Hopefully shedding some light on this law will help keep other families from going through this same tragedy that ours has. Maybe getting it out there will help to get it changed.
Thanks to all who have offered love and support. Our family asks for your thoughts and prayers for Colby, our family and the other families going through similar situations.
Sincere thanks for taking the time to read this
Jamie Nielsen and Family
It’s been awhile since we’ve given updates and we apologize. As you all could probably guess, it has been a very delicate situation and there have been so many unknowns. Once again, we apologize and do greatly appreciate the overwhelming love, support and help our family has received in so many different ways. The number one goal of getting Kaylee out of the adoption process and back home has been accomplished, which would not and could not have happened without all of you. Kaylee is with her family and we couldn’t be happier.
Kaylee is growing and learning about precious life in the arms of both her Daddy and her Mommy. They both love their little girl with all their hearts and it’s obvious to see that they are Kaylee’s whole world and she loves them. Kaylee is also spending precious time with both sides of her family and being loved dearly by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family . . . . . Kaylee is such a happy little girl. She is absolutely beautiful with a smile that will melt anyone’s heart. She is also growing like you wouldn’t believe :)
Once again, thank you all so much for the gracious outpour of love to Kaylee’s situation. I’ll be posting more updates.
God Bless you all
Aunt Jamie and Family
THANKS, AS ALWAYS FOR EVERYONE'S TREMENDOUS INTEREST AND SUPPORT IN THIS CASE.
I want to thank everyone for the continuing love and support that Kaylee and I have been receiving. Kaylee and I have been able to spend more time together. We were even able to spend part of her first Christmas together!
As far as the legalities, we are leaving those updates to our attorney, Wesley D Hutchins. While he is taking care of that end, I am just trying to see my little girl as much as possible. We still have a long way to go, but I will take all the time I can get with her.
Thanks again for all your continuing love and support!
Colby and Kaylee
Please contact me via FB. I want to help by getting this story on Huffington Post. You also need to contact atty Wes Hutchins. he has worked on several similar cases in Utah which is NOTORIOUS for trampling fathers' rights. http://HuffingtonPost.com/mirah-riben
Ummmm, screw privacy. This baby was taken from their biological father. The girl's family name should be posted, the names of the couple that took that baby should be posted. NOTHING should be private when dealing children being taken. Respecting privacy only helps them, not the father.
I see Mirah has already tried to reach you. She recently did a story on my corrupt adoption 'Wrongful adoption Return Baby Elliott' Mirah really helped me with getting story out their which lead me an amazing attorney who offered to work probono. Please get with Mirah!!!! Good luck and stay strong!!
As an adoptee, I can say, if i were that baby, and grew up to find out that I was torn away from my biological father who was capable of raising and loving me, I would be furious. This adoptive couple has no idea what they've gotten themselves into in the future. I wish the very best for the baby and her daddy, who deserves to have his child back. My heart goes out to you, Colby.
Get the media involved ... Go to TV stations, newspapers, 20/20. Start a petition, get signatures. Make posters and spread them all over town. I'm so sorry for Colby and your family. This should not be allowed to happen in this country. How can a mother carry her child for 9 months, take care of her for a while ... Then just walk away. I would NEVER trust her again! Good luck and God Bless all of you, especially Little Kaylee. ♥
I am unable to comment on the original post. Please let the father know that he needs to immediately file for and establish paternity. Utah requires that an unmarried father do several things exactly. He can still have his baby, but he needs to IMMEDIATELY file and initiate paternity proceedings. He has to strictly comply with requirements to develop a substantial relationship with child, openly acknowledge himself to be the father, initiate paternity proceedings, and agrees to support the child.
If your brother wants his baby back he needs to make this very very public... Name names and let everyone know exactly what his girlfriends and her parents have done. They are evil heartless people! Seriously! The world needs to know if you want nationwide outrage to help get the baby back! Screw privacy! They dont deserve any at this point after stealing the baby! If the mother didnt want the baby she should have signed her over to her loving father! Period! Good luck.... Im praying for a happy ending...
This is so wrong. If the birth Mother had kept this innocent baby and the Father came and took her, they would hunt him down and press a million charges on him for "kidnapping" his own child. So explain to me how a Mother can straight up GIVE THE BABY AWAY without the Father's consent and knowing full well the Father wants his child and there is nothing he can do about it? It sound to me like the parents of the birth Mother must have got paid some money to "MAKE" their Daughter give this baby up!!!!
This is very sad. As being blessed to have our family grow through adoption (the right way- both our amazing Birthmom AND dad signed) I could NEVER imagine having a baby come into our family knowing the baby was ripped out of her dads arms. Who wanted her and loved on her so well. This is what gives legit adoptions a bad rap. Best of luck to you!
I Pray that Colby gets his baby girl back. This is so unfair to take his baby girl from him when he wanted to keep her. Its hard anymore these days to get a father to want to even be involved, so when there is actually a father out there who does want to love and care for his baby they should have every right to keep them. Colby I wish you the Best of luck getting your daughter back.
This is very sad. You need to post names of all parties, they don't deserve any privacy. Sounds like an illegal adoption. High priced attorneys are just that high priced. Just cause they cost more dosent always mean they win more. Take it from one who works in the law, media is your friend, blast it all over. Spread ur story. Its horrible how fathers are treated, you don't have to be married to be a good father, clearly he is better than the mother where is she now hiding her head or no guts to raise her own child...
I believe that your brother will win in courr. But in defense of many women who benefit from this law, i have to add that the reason this law was created was to help girls and women who have been abandoned by the father. For those women, it frees them from legal red tape so that they can place the baby on their own. It wasn't intended to dupe fathers who are willing to be a parent. In my experience of 4 adoptions in Utah, lawyers wanted to know if the father was involved. There is a birth father registry in Utah which makes it impossible for the mother to place the baby on her own...that registry is there specifically for fathers who want to parent their child. This is just an explaination from someone who's been through 4 adoptions. I am confident that Colby will get his daughter back. Larry Jenkins and Paul McArthur are good adoption attorneys.
I sent this to CoIby though I am not sure if he got the message but I wanted him to know that I read his story & found it so heart breaking. I hope that he gets his little girl back & the justice he deservedeserves! I have been sharing this story like crazy & am having friends from around the world share itit, not just here in the states but also in Canada, Australia, U.K, & Germany. Your story deserves to be read & shared. Good luck!
To the family who wanted to adopt a child, I can only imagine how you feel. With that being said, the way you went about it was SO wrong. By you not giving the child back to the father, you are giving adoption a bad name. WHEN the child is returned.... And Notice I didn't say if, but when.... And you have to start your journey again, the natural punishment you will get will be even more obstacles and low probability of EVER having a family choose you because the world now sees your character! I'd never want you raising my child. This coming from someone who was not raised in their natural home, and someone who has also adopted. If you ever have a hope of growing your forever family, it will start with you putting your feelings aside and realizing this little girl is not the child for your family. She has a family.