Adoptive parents face kidnapping charges after New York paternity law change

Challenge: In the late 1970’s a legal adoption took a unique twist after paternity laws in the State of New York were changed. That laid the backdrop of a dramatic twist to a legal adoption, when the court ordered the child returned to the biological father. The custody battle took a twist when the adoptive parents fled with their son, not to be heard from for 20 years. Their silence, whereabouts and story came to light when their son Matthew Propp reached the legal age of 21 years, when they turned themselves into authorities to face kidnapping charges. The Garrity Group was retained to work with the legal team to develop messaging and field local, national and international media requests on behalf of the adoptive family and their son.
 
Approach: Facilitating public relations counsel as an attorney work product, The Garrity Group coordinated a national media campaign to help share the story and motivations for the adoptive parents and the actions they took. We also worked extensively with Matthew to help him tell his story about his normal childhood and sacrifices made by his adoptive parents that helped make him the man he is today.
 
Results: Our team’s national media campaign resulted in multiple interviews on programs and networks that included:  Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, Cable News Network (CNN), Fox News Network, CNBC, People Magazine, New York Post, the Associated Press and countless other local and niche media outlets.
 

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