Father Fights Adoption Agency for Right to Raise His Son

Mark Huddleston is the biological father of a 16-month-old child he says he wants to raise. But a judge has ruled the child should remain with its adoptive parents, who have had custody since the infant was three days old. Huddleston claims he didn’t know the baby existed until two months after its birth…the state said the private adoption agency hadn’t properly notified Huddleston and that he should have an opportunity to raise the child.

“‘This child is my blood,’ said Huddleston, a father of two grown children. ‘I couldn’t live with myself knowing there’s a child of mine I have no relationship with. They don’t understand that.'” (Valencia County News Bulletin, 6/15/05)

Despite doing everything possible to be a father to his son, Huddleston’s baby boy was given away by a vindictive mother working hand in glove with a predatory adoption agency. Sixteen months and $70,000 in legal fees later, Huddleston has no rights to his own son.

Huddleston, his attorney P.J. Hartman, and Mike McCormick, Executive Director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, joined Glenn on His Side with Glenn Sacks on July 17, 2005.

To learn more, see:

  • The American Coalition for Fathers and Children and the National Family Justice Association, both of whom are supporting Huddleston.
  • Dad fights for right to raise child after baby adopted (Valencia County News Bulletin, 6/15/05)
  • Despite Recent Custody Battle, Agencies Say Process Usually Goes Smoothly (Albuquerque Journal, 6/27/05)
  • Glenn’s co-authored column Dads Deserve to Know (Washington Times, 8/22/02)