This update will be longer as I want to get as much of this week’s info shared as possible.
Through information gained from the attorney, the baby is confirmed to be a boy. The mother chose not to name him, so Israel will be giving baby the name “Joseph”.
The week started off with little hope. The DNA test to prove Israel Rico as the biological father was finally completed, and results confirming he is the father were back Thursday, November 2.
The mother has filed to have the whole case dismissed, on the grounds that Israel—a minor—has not personally signed documents regarding this case, which has caused our temporary custody hearing on November 21 to be cancelled. They have also successfully pushed back their court ordered mediation until after Christmas. This all means that we have little to no hope of seeing Joseph until after the new year.
The adoption lawyers we had hired last week decided the case was too complicated for them to handle and have backed out. We spent two days begging a lawyer to file the motion to stop the current adoption.
A new attorney accepted the case on Thursday, but is waiting until Monday to file anything, as Israel turns 18 this weekend so he can legally hire his own attorney at that point. This was probably the best news we’ve received since finding out Joseph was born last week.
The retainer fee we need for this lawyer is $4,500, however with all of the generous donations we have received so far, Israel Rico is only short a small $1,300!!!! This attorney is willing to get this ball rolling on Monday after Israel turns 18, so that there will be no argument about Israel not pursuing this PERSONALLY.
We continue to ask for any help you are willing or able to give. Sharing our story, and praying for the best outcome for this innocent little life. (It is important to note that Israel has already spent nearly $15,000 of his own money over the last 7 or 8 months, paying legal fees and purchasing necessities for the baby)
We are so grateful for all of your help and prayers, we know we couldn’t have done any of this without support. God has provided for us, through all of you. Please continue to share, and get our story heard.