Dedicated Father Wins Fight For Custody Over His Daughter 3 Months After She Was Adopted Without His Consent

Christopher Emanuel is a father from Aiken, South Carolina, who would do anything for his daughter Skylar. He first met the woman who is Skylar’s mother through their work as forklift drivers at a manufacturing company. They started off as friends before their friendship developed into something a bit deeper. Just a few months later, Emanuel found out that he was going to be a father.

However, his excitement quickly turned to frustration after finding out that the woman’s family was not a fan of him. Still, the pair planned on raising their child together. Their situation began changing as his girlfriend started avoiding meeting up with him in person and told him not to come with her to doctor’s appointments.

Emanuel’s friends were concerned for him, but he assured them that everything would work out with his girlfriend and his soon-to-be-born child. However, after he planned a baby shower for his girlfriend, she never showed up. A few days later, in February 2014, he found out that his daughter had been born more than a week earlier and had already been given up for adoption without his permission and placed with a family in another state.

The father sprung into action, figuring out what he could do to get Skylar back. He had previously registered on the Responsible Father Registry in the state of South Carolina. He also hired attorneys and engaged in a custody battle to get his daughter back. Finally, after a three-month legal battle, Emanuel was granted custody of Skylar. Now, Emanuel is using his platform to help other fathers fight for their rights, too.

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When Emanuel first found out that he was going to be a dad, he was elated. “I was happy, who wouldn’t be happy?” he told ABC News. However, his happiness quickly dissipated after finding out that his daughter had been born without him knowing. Skylar was given up for adoption with his permission and had already moved to another state.

According to ABC News, Emanuel contested the adopted and hired attorneys. “My daughter was stolen from me,” he said. “I asserted my rights. My rights were stripped of me. But not only that, now I’ve got to prove myself for my daughter.”

It turned out that Skylar’s adoptive parents were lied to and were told that Emanuel was out of the picture. They grew to adore the young girl and wanted to keep her, but Emanuel didn’t stop fighting for custody of his child. “No one can love my daughter the way I can,” he said. “It don’t matter what type of title you have, that’s my daughter. You can’t take my daughter, give me my daughters, that’s all that mattered.”

According to ABC News, Emanuel was granted custody of Skylar after a three-month legal battle. “All I could do was break down on my knees, and I cried and I thanked God for bringing my daughter home because all I needed was for her to get in my arms,” he said. Emanuel finally met his daughter two weeks later.

Emanuel was able to intervene with the adoption because he was registered on The South Carolina Responsible Father Registry. He is now using his platform to share his experience and help other fathers maintain their parental rights through his Sky Is The Limit Foundation.

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