In re Adoption of Baby Boy B. (Majority, with Concurring)Annotate this Case
After Mother got pregnant, she told Father she wanted to put the baby up for adoption. Mother subsequently moved several times without telling Father her location. Father filed with the putative-father registries in four states and filed paternity actions in both Texas and Arkansas. Mother gave birth in Arkansas, and the infant was placed with Appellees, the adoptive parents, on that same day. Appellees filed a petition for adoption, and Appellant filed a complaint in intervention. The circuit court determined that Appellant's consent was not required for the adoption and granted the adoption of the infant to Appellees. The Supreme Court vacated the decree of adoption and reversed the finding that Appellant's consent was not required, holding (1) Appellant's efforts to establish a significant custodial, personal, or financial relationship were sufficient such that his consent to the adoption was required pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 9-9-206(a)(2); and (2) therefore, the circuit court's finding that Appellant's consent to the adoption was not required was clearly erroneous. Remanded.