When someone makes the decision to give their children up for adoption, it can’t be easy. They probably thought about the decision for months or even years before they move forward. However, this was not the case with Nila Carter of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the mother challenged adoption and lost.
Back in 2014, Carter decided that she couldn’t care for her two children. She contacted an attorney who promised to arrange for finding adoptive parents for the children. Within weeks, Carter met with prospective parents and chose a couple that she felt would offer her kids a happy life.
At the time of the adoption, Nila Carter had a 2-year old son and a 5-year old daughter. Within two weeks of meeting the adoptive parents, Carter and the children’s father signed the consent paperwork. They spent one last night with their kids and then sent them to live with the adoptive parents.
The adoption was finalized within 8 months. The children went to live with their new family and Carter was alone. Less than two weeks later, she emailed the adoptive couple and said she changed her mind. She wanted her kids back. The adoptive parents refused and contacted their attorney.
Since then, Carter has filed 17 different motions with the family court asking them to revoke the adoption. In South Carolina, once a birth parent gives up rights to their children, they can’t change their mind. And, if they agree to an open adoption, as Carter did, it can’t be enforced by the court.
Carter has left the Myrtle Beach area but has continued to fight to get her kids back. As it stands now, the highest court in South Carolina has denied her requests.
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