This casenote examines the factual and legal circumstances surrounding the controversial "Baby Richard" case--a case in which the courts applied a "best interests" test, and in so doing, removed a child from the home of his adoptive parents to return the child to his birth parents. By drawing comparisons to practices in other jurisdictions, the author concludes that a thorough examination of the birth father's pre-birth conduct likely would have changed the court's decision.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Huston, Gerald W.
"Born to Lose: The Illinois "Baby Richard" Case--How Examining His Father's Pre-Birth Conduct Might Have Led to a Different Ending for Richard,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 16:
2, Article 1.
Gerald W. Huston, Note, Born to Lose: The Illinois "Baby Richard" Case--How Examining His Father's Pre-Birth Conduct Might Have Led to a Different Ending for Richard, 16 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 543 (1996).