Denham Springs, LA asked in Adoption for Mississippi

Q: We’re adopting my 20 yr old niece & her baby once she delivers (Dad unk). Where can I get the forms, what’s the process?

We want to adopt my 20 yr old niece, she is 31 weeks pregnant and the Dad is unknown. We intend on adopting the baby once he’s born too but cannot locate where to get the paperwork. We are stationed with the Navy in Meridian, MS and would appreciate any assistance you can offer.

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Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon
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  • Cleveland, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: Some of the stuff you can do on your own; however, depending on the judge, you may need to get an attorney involved to draft the paperwork and go before the judge. There is really not a lot of heavy lifting with adoptions, particularly in your case because 1) the niece is almost a legal adult, and 2) the other child will be a new born. The only thing that should be time consuming in a case such as this will be making sure that you do a summons by publication as to the unknown father, which will prolong the adoption by at least one month.

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