Dennis Burns with his daughters Sophia, left, and Victoria while Sophia was a baby. In 2010, the girls' mother took them to Argentina in defiance of a court order declaring Burns the primary residential parent. The girls have been in Argentina ever since.
"I don't have the opportunity with them to get them out of bed in the morning, make them breakfast, take them to school," Burns said of his daughters.
Burns at a local park in Snowmass, Colorado, the day a judge designated him the "primary residential parent" of his girls, in August 2010. It was, he said, one of the happiest days of his life.
Victoria Burns, pictured at a playground in Snowmass.
Sophia Burns, a toddler at the time, swings at a park in Snowmass. Only weeks later, she and her sister were taken to Argentina by their mother, Ana Alianelli.
Burns on a recent trip to visit Sophia, now 4, and Victoria, now 7. He says he has been to Argentina seven times -- at his own expense -- to visit the girls.