The end of Masha Allen's second adoption
Over the last two years we have written extensively about the case of Masha Allen, culminating in the article The untold story of Masha Allen, which attempts to explain the circumstances of both Masha's adoption by Matthew Mancuso and her adoption by Faith Allen.
Today a new development emerged when this document was filed with the district court of New Jersey. The document is filed in a case against the agencies responsible for the placement of Masha with Matthew Mancuso, and asks the court to amend the pleadings to reflect a new representative party Plaintive, Timothy J. Sloan.
The reason for this change in representation is the fact that Faith Allen's parental rights and duties have forever been terminated in the Court of common please of Cambria County, Pennsylvania orphans court division, as of December 3, 2009.
The document filed today makes the following statement:
Faith Allen is No Longer Masha Allen's Proper Representative.
Faith Allen, as Masha Allen's Parent and Guardian, initiated this litigation on September 15, 2005. See generally Complaint, Docket Entry 1. On or about August 18, 2009, Faith Allen freely and voluntarily executed a consent to adoption with respect to Masha, pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S.A § 2711.
Because Faith Allen did not revoke this consent to adoption within the statutorily allowed 30-day revocation period, it became irrevocable subject to narrow exceptions. The Orphan's Court with jurisdiction over the matter has now terminated Faith Allen's legal rights as a parent to Masha Allen.
With the termination of Faith Allen's parental rights and duties comes an end to another horrible chapter in Masha Allen's story. One can only hope this time around the decisions being made will really be in Masha's best interest. We are looking at you, Mr. Sloan, to make that difference.