This is absolutely heartbreaking. For anyone, certainly, but doubly so because same sex couples cannot have biological children with one another. A third party is always involved at some level. The women’s attorney was incompetent to say the least.
There’s really no good outcome for such a horrifying story as the one a female couple in Iowa endured when the baby they were in the process of adopting — who’d lived with them for three months — was reclaimed by his biological parents only to die at the hands of his birth father. The couple, Rachel and Heidi McFarland, who sued their former lawyer Jason Rieper in 2014, alleging he acted negligently in failing to compel the child’s birth mother to sign a release-of-custody document, was awarded $3.25 million in damages last week, according to People.