Not just a Lawyer.. He is a warrior
Our adoption case was not exactly the easiest. What started out as too good to be true, turned into just that. We set out to adopt a little girl 7 years old. We sought advice from Mr. Todd Gaudin as he was the premiere adoption lawyer in our area. Upon meeting Todd and his staff, we agreed to hire him and move forward. Todd is such a warm, delightful person.
As we got further into the adoption, and initial visits, it became very clear that this was not going to be a normal adoption.
At one point, I was asked to make a trip to Pennsylvania in order to move the adoption forward. Without any hesitation, Todd said he would go with me.
We hopped in the car, drove 17 hours and arrived at our destination only to find, the guardian had made some changes in the plan and decided to call off the adoption.
Todd and I stayed in Pennsylvania for several days, as we fought to reinstate the adoption.
It amazed me how selfless Todd was and is. He left his family in Louisiana to come with me to Pennsylvania so that I could build my family.
Todd exhausted every avenue he knew of in Pennsylvania, but in the end we were outgunned and outnumbered by out of state laws and judges. We were forced to go home without our little girl.
A month went by, and the guardian decided that she had made a mistake. She offered to us the little girl again. Of course we jumped right back into the adoption without question. And of course we went right back to working with Todd.
Honestly, I cant imagine an outcome other than what we got, had we ever used the services of anyone other than Todd Gaudin.
As we returned to Pennsylvania to get the little girl, we were informed of the many laws in place for the Protection of children called ICPC. We were informed by the Maryland State ICPC that we could return to Louisiana. Half way home, we were informed by the state police of Pennsylvania that they would like question us regarding kidnapping the child. The Guardian and Birth father had cooked up a story, and accused us of kidnapping her.
As you can imagine, Todd was the first person we called. Todd settled the matter very quickly, but we were asked to no longer continue our journey home to Louisiana. So, we were forced to stay with friends in Tennessee for 35 days.
During this time, Todd fought, clawed, and eventually won our little girl to us.
Through our experience, I witnessed so many sides of people that I never knew could really exist. Todd was like a spirit guide. Always showing us the way, and walking us through all trouble.
We owe our family to the heart of Todd. His never ending pursuit to do the right thing, and do it correctly is how we eventually won our little girl. Todd and his staff were delightful warriors. We never felt alone, or that we needed a different lawyer. Todd was it, and will always be it. He is family now, and a friend.
We thank God every night for Todd and his unwavering heart to get us our little girl.