I was once a character witness in an adoption case gone bad. The biological mom–JD–actually BEGGED SL and her husband, who ran a maternity home, to adopt her baby. After legally signing away her rights–and claiming not to know who the father was–she tried to contest the adoption.
During the case, one of the big things that had to be established was an assessment of the father and his rights in this case. In contradiction to her prior affidavit, JD now claimed to know who the father was.
But, during the court proceedings, she never named him and he never showed up. JD would eventually lose, SL and her husband were able to adopt JL, and JL is now a grown adult.
Sadly, however, cases like this–and the one Denninger cites–provide insight into reaons why adoptions can be difficult: (a) the birth mother can act unscrupulously, and (b) the adoptive parents can act unscrupulously. This drives up the marginal cost for adoptive parents, as it becomes paramount to ensure that the father’s rights are not being stripped away in the process.
While the legal world is catching onto the dilemma, fathers still are behind the proverbial 8-ball. Chalk this up as yet another risk of sex outside of marriage.