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CA Woman in Custody Battle with Biological Father from Ohio

Riverside child custody lawyers are following the case of a 45-year-old woman in Orange County, California will be filing an appeal in a final attempt to retain custody of the little girl that she has raised since right after the child’s birth.

 Stacey Doss of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is a divorced public relations consultant and has been trying to adopt Vanessa for the past 18 months.

Vanessa’s biological mother had contacted Doss’ adoption agency before the child was born in 2008. She and Doss “clicked” and Vanessa’s birth mother signed a document stating that the biological father was completely out of the picture. She claimed that Vanessa was a product of a one night stand.

Vanessa was born on June 13, 2008, and Doss continued with the adoption process. However, Vanessa’s biological father filed a motion seeking custody of the child in Ohio before the adoption could be completed.

 A DNA test in September proved the man was Vanessa’s father and the custody battle became a matter of jurisdiction between California and Montgomery County, Ohio.

 On July 2, a teleconference with lawyers and judges in both states determined that Ohio has jurisdiction in the case. Vanessa was ordered to be sent to Ohio on July 16 to go into foster care.

 A hearing was scheduled for July 29 in Ohio to determine if Vanessa could be placed with her paternal grandmother.

 Vanessa’s biological father has four other children, two of which reside with Vanessa’s biological mother. The other two children are from a previous marriage and are in his mother’s custody.

 Carolyn Doss, 70, is Stacey Doss’ mother and resides in Dana Point, CA. She claims that Stacey has been threatened with foreclosure on her townhome twice due to the fees associated with the custody battle. 

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