Ciara’s Story . Hi! I’m Elvis, my wife’s name is Peggy, and the little girl this is all about; our daughter is Ciara. Around August or September of 2013, Peggy was told by her boss that she(the boss) had a niece who was around 6-months pregnant. The niece was looking for someone to adopt her baby because she didn’t want to keep it. There was only one person in their family who said they would take the child, provided it was a boy. Sonogram showed a baby girl and Peggy and I decided we would adopt her as our own. Agreements were finalized with the pregnant mom who then wrote out a “power of Attorney” for us with this child.
We went to prenatal doctor visits, prepared our home to welcome a new baby, and on November 18, 2013 a little baby girl was born whom we had the honor of naming Ciara. We brought her into our home just 3-days later. Ciara was born with a deadly peanut allergy. She also had severe eczema and psoriasis. I stayed up many nights oiling her skin so she wouldn’t scratch and be in pain. When she lost her hair, I shaved my head as well. A very strong bond developed between Ciara , myself, and our family.
So a few years after starting and operating a new farm and ranch, we became parents again. Over the next 2-1/2 years, with no financial help, we raised Ciara as our own child while trying to raise the necessary money for the whole expensive adoption process. During this time we also had a number of big ticket emergency home and farm repairs to make( well water pump, home a/c-furnace, and numerous auto and farm vehicles to name a few).
Just before we were ready to proceed, Ciara’s biological mother died. It was then that the bio-grandparents filed for temp. custody of all of the mother’s 3-children because of the circumstances of their daughters’ death. The first two sons were already living with a relative and the grandparents. Ciara had always lived with us. They came and took a frightened child out of our home saying it would be temporary. We proceeded with the adoption process only to be told after we’d passed, that the grandparents were not going through with the adoption. We got an attorney and filed suit. It was then that the grandparents we thought we knew launched a defamation and smear campaign against me to keep me from seeing my little girl.
I’d never heard so many lies told against me at one time ever. And from what we know of the biological mother’s life and relationship with the grandparents, we certainly don’t want them raising this child. If I thought they had a good home for her, I’d relent and just ask for normal visitation. But I honestly feel our little girl is in danger there.
After almost a year of litigation our resources are running out. We are in the last phase and if successful will be able to disprove every lie told, and bring our little girl back home. I feel Ciara has a right to know all of her family, so I’ve never tried to keep them away from her. And I still feel the same way. Ciara’s home is with us. She’d lived from birth to age 2-1/2 years old exclusively with us. But when they took her away, they refused to let us see our little girl for over a year. They tried to say she didn’t even remember us, but the first time she saw me again she ran to me and jumped up into my arms. It is my opinion Ciara has suffered mentally from being taken away from us the way she was. And now I just want to bring my beloved daughter back home. Please help. Thank you.