I know that I am late reporting this but I wanted to let everyone know who is not or not. On February 11th it was announced on Facebook that the Frei family has withdrawn their appeal to the Utah Supreme Court. This means that the legal battle is over and Terry Achane has permanent custody of his daughter.
“After considerable thought and reflection under heart-wrenching circumstances, the Freis have decided not to pursue their appeal of this contested adoption. Although the Freis remain convinced that the district court committed significant legal errors in this case, they believe that it would be best for the child to drop their appeal now that she has been transferred into the custody of Mr. Achane. The Freis are committed to working with Mr. Achane to assist the child in making a successful transition. Because the Freis love the child deeply and want her to succeed in life, they are willing to put her needs before their own hopes and desires and would rather drop the appeal than risk the child suffering potential psychological and emotional consequences resulting from her either not making a successful transition or transitioning to caregivers multiple times in this critical stage of her development.”
That is the good news. The bad news is that Terry Achane has a considerable legal bill. The Facebook page Support Terry Achane is requesting assistance in helping pay for his legal fees. The link for more information on how to help is provided here.