ONLY ON 3: Wilmington man fights for child ex never told him he had

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Submitted: Tue, 05/22/2012 - 3:59am
Updated: Tue, 05/22/2012 - 7:48pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is fighting for the right to raise his own child. A child he’s never met. A child he never knew existed until the baby was several months old and already living with its potential adoptive parents. So far, trying to intervene has been a losing battle.

There’s a crib, books to read at bedtime, toys. Items Greg Johns rushed to buy when he found out he was a father.

He has a nursery ready, but no baby sleeps in it.

“I’m already a father,” John said. “I’m just looking to be a daddy.”

In April 2011, Johns discovered he had a six-month-old baby boy. A mutual acquaintance told Johns his ex-girlfriend had a baby and put it up for adoption. He confronted her and found out the truth.

“The emotions of anger, sadness, the joy of being a father… I had all that compacted into a five-minute conversation by her just saying, ‘You have no rights.’ I just kept thinking, ‘What is she talking about? I’m the father,’ John said.

He found out Christian Adoption Services in Matthews had placed the baby, whom Greg has named “Chase,” with a family in the triad.

Johns has spent the past year and nearly $100,000 fighting in court for the right to intervene in the adoption. Last month, a judge in Charlotte denied that request.

“It sounds certainly unfair and unjust, and the law is not being applied favorably in his case,” family law attorney Jason Minnicozzi said.

Minnicozzi does not represent Johns, but is familiar with adoption laws.

Johns got a paternity test showing he is the father, which Minnicozzi says should be enough to intervene.

“You would think that the court would be inclined to allow that person to intervene in the matter and be heard on whether or not their parental rights should be terminated or whether or not their child should be adopted by another party,” Minnicozzi said.

Johns has paperwork from Christian Adoption Services that shows his name was on the paperwork, but someone scribbled out his last name and put a fake name in its place. The agency says it tried to notify a Gregory James to no avail.

“I can’t believe this was even notarized when the last name was crossed off and someone else’s handwriting is there,” Johns said.

The clock is ticking. Johns has an 18-month-old son he’s never met.

To say he is frustrated in the legal system is an understatement. The Charlotte judge ruled that because Johns wasn’t there from the beginning, he has no rights.

“I’ve used that anger in the right way,” John said. “Motivation to not give up, to know that I do have a beautiful baby boy, to know that one day he will know the truth, one day I will have custody of him, because I won’t stop. He’ll know the truth, and he’ll know his father did everything possible to love him. He’ll know his father.”

Now, all Johns can do is appeal, but money is running low.

“In this justice system today, you really need money to have your rights protected, because it’s a game within a game,” he said. “You have to have money to go. You have to keep appealing and go as high up as you can.”

Or until the money runs out. That’s is why Johns created a Facebook page called “A Father’s Chase” and he website in hopes of getting monetary and emotional support, and to spread the word as he tries to bring his little boy home.

We contacted Christian Adoption Services. Director Jim Woodward would not comment on the specifics of this case. He would only say, “It’s in the court system.”

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67 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Wilmington man fights for child ex never told him he had"

2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

Consequence of sin and leave the thing in your pants!!! OMG you are a joke jdh. Seriously people have sex when they date. The birth mother obviously never told him she was preg. This man does not care just about his rights he cares about HIS SON, and cares that the adoption agency committed fraud. Get a life loser. STABLE, LOVING, TWO parents whatever your brain wants to think. Reality is this man is the father, he was lied to and he has every right to fight for his son, and to have custody of HIS SON. I am glad the adoption agency got caught, they should be investigated and then whoever helped in the fraud should be put in PRISON. People have sex all day everyday. The birth mother should have done the right thing and said something. It would not suprise me if she has mental problems. This man is doing the right thing. Do not give up Mr. Johns, WE THE PEOPLE, are behind you. This adoption agency has no integrity and gives the true meaning of adoptions a bad rap. Adoption was never intended to usurp a fathers rights.

2015 years 8 months ago

No one seems to find a problem with this man getting a woman pregnant and then leaving her. If he is going to go around having sex with women, maybe he should follow up with them in several months to see if they are expecting. Too bad this man would rather be more concerned about HIS RIGHTS and not even consider the fact this poor child would be ripped from the STABLE, LOVING home with TWO parents to come to a stranger. This is consequence for sin. Leave your thing in your pants.

Adoptive Mom of 3
2015 years 8 months ago

Part of NC law is that if a man has unprotected sex with a woman, it is HIS responsibility to follow up in the event a child was conceived. This man is being portrayed as an upstanding guy who was duped and lied to. He obviously did not follow up with the birth mother of this child for FOURTEEN months, and then only because an aquaintance let him know what happened to his child. I would say that is too little and too late. The birth mother of this child may have thought this man would not be a good father, otherwise, one would assume she would have felt confident in making him aware of her pregnancy and involving him in the decisions that needed to be made. I am a mom of 3 adopted children, 2 of whom were adopted through this agency. Don’t be quick to judge them and question whether or not they are Christian in their dealings, I assure you they operate within the letter of the law, and so do the attorneys they retain to handle all legal aspects of every adoption they do!

2015 years 8 months ago

The agency is not ethical. They hide behind the name Christian and sold his son for a profit. They probably got tens of thousands of dollars for the sale. The adoption agency is not a single entity. There are people that make up the agency, and those people in the agency did the wrong thing. This agency disprected the integrity of adoptions, and committed a fraud.