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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ind. Decisions - Still more on "N.J. man asks Indiana court to reconsider recent ruling regarding twins born to surrogate"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Tim Evans has this story today in the Indianapolis Star, headed "Twins' adoption must be redone." Some quotes:

The Indiana Supreme Court has reaffirmed its earlier decision that a New Jersey man who adopted twin girls from an out-of-state surrogate mother must complete a second adoption process.

The court said in April that the girls -- born at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis -- could remain in New Jersey with Stephen F. Melinger, 62, while he goes back through the adoption process. The new order does not appear to change that. * * *

It's unclear what interaction New Jersey child welfare officials have had with Melinger.

Lauren Kidd, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, said state and federal confidentiality rules prohibit her from commenting about individual cases or even confirming whether the agency has had any contact with Melinger or the girls. * * *

The Supreme Court ruling issued Wednesday also raised questions about the children's current status.

The new Supreme Court order states: "New Jersey's child protection authorities have initiated a CHINS proceeding and removed the children from (Melinger)."

Litz said he doesn't know where the court got that idea, but he said it's wrong.

"He still has the girls," [his attorney, Steven Litz] said. "Steve's always had the girls."

Kathryn Dolan, public information officer for the Division of State Court Administration, said she did not know, and could not comment on, where the justices received the information that the children had been removed.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 1, 2009 09:19 AM
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