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September 28, 2015

SC Responsible Father case gets national coverage

 

The importance of the Responsible Father Registry is highlighted by this ABC News story about Chris Emanuel, who managed to get his daughter back after her mother put her up for adoption.

An excerpt from the story:

Skylar is a rambunctious toddler who runs and plays and giggles with her father, Chris Emanuel.
But she has no idea she sat at the heart of a massive custody battle with far-reaching implications for fathers' rights....

Emanuel said he and his girlfriend continued to be in contact, talking and texting frequently. Texts often ended with a "mwwuah" kiss. But Emanuel said his girlfriend started to avoid meeting in person and asked him to skip doctor's appointments....

Six months before Skylar's birth, Emanuel's half-sister, Chelsea McKnabb, and her best friend, Jill Thomason, were more than worried. They feared the woman would give the baby away....

Thomason discovered that South Carolina is one of at least 25 states that have what's called a "responsible father registry" where unwed fathers can sign up to be notified if their child is put up for adoption, and urged Emanuel to look into it. Thirty-thousand children were born out of wedlock in South Carolina according to the 2014 census, yet less than 300 men signed up for the registry....

Click here to view the entire report.