It speaks loud and clear to the insanity of permanent solutions for temporary problems. I suspect the news is incorrect that it was an adoption, but rather a prospective adoption. The case was based on The Supreme Court's April 24, 2009 decision in the case of Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of G.Y.; R.Y. v. IDCS (see ILB summary here). The a 14-page PDF 4-1 opinion of Justice Sullivan appears here. The appeal reveals that "a 'friend of the family' attempted to execute an 'open' adoption which would have left it open for Mother to visit G.Y. at her discretion. This did not materialize..."
Biological Mother Fights To Regain CustodyINDIANAPOLIS -- A 5-year-old boy is at the center of a court battle between his biological mother and the woman who has raised him. Roxanne Yorn, 30, had her parental rights involuntarily terminated after she was convicted of dealing cocaine and sentenced to eight years in prison, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported. Her son George, who was then 19 months old, was adopted by Marian Stowe, 43, and her husband, who said they believed the adoption was final.
Now Yorn and Stowe are facing off in court, each seeking full custody of the boy."You don't know what a treacherous nightmare it is to wake up at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. worried that if your child leaves you, and he's calling out to you once he's gone, and there's nothing you can do to help him," Stowe said.
"He's mine from the depths of my soul and heart. That is my son. "Yorn said she has cleaned up her life and has given up drugs."I take weekly drug tests, therapeutic counseling. I work a full time job. I go to college full time. Just about everything I can possibly do," Yorn said. "He's my life. He's my heart. I've been fighting for this for a longtime."
Her attorneys said Yorn is able to provide for the child, and should not be kept apart from her biological child."The best interests doesn't mean who has the most money, or largest home, or who can provide the most financial opportunities for the child," said attorney Victoria Bailey.
"It simply looks at whether the biological parent is adequate. In this case, Roxanne is more than adequate. She is a great mom."Stowe said she will continue to fight to keep custody of George. She and her husband have two other adopted children and are waiting to adopt another.