Q: My nephew was born meth addicted, the mother does not want to give him up. What are our chances of adopting?
She has a pending parole violation and possession charges. She has lost all rights to her previous child, and has a history of child abuse with her. She has only supervised visitation with this child. We have court approved custody at this point.
A: I would say that you have a very good chance of adopting. It sounds like there is a pending abuse/neglect case, which could lead to termination of parental rights. The goal in those proceedings is reunification whenever possible (absent some extreme circumstances where immediate termination is authorized by statute). Mother will be given time and services to make reunification possible. As a practical matter, her issues will likely prove to be too much to overcome in a reasonable time, and the court will move toward termination.
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