“I WANT TO USE MY STORY AND MY NAME TO GIVE A VOICE TO THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ONE.” – Jason Patric
A Father’s Story
Actor Jason Patric Opens Up
“I’ll never stop fighting for my son.”
Daddy and Founder of Stand Up For Gus
Almost four years ago, I was blessed with a baby boy named Gus. For the first 3 years of his childhood I was a consistent physical and emotional presence in his life. My world was better in every way with Gus in it…I loved being a father.
But that all changed in an instant. I was stripped of my rights as a parent. An outdated statute meant for sperm donors was applied to me simply because Gus’ mother and I were unmarried and used IVF to conceive.
Not being able to see my son for almost a year has been the worst pain that I can imagine. Except, when I think about little Gus, who has no idea what happened to his dada…one day his dada was there and the next he was gone.
The family court system is broken and in my journey I have learned of so many other stories where children have lost their parents.