Q: Hello, I am trying to get help with adopting the little boy I currently have permanent custody of.
His mother is a friend from high school, I have had him from birth, he is now 15 months old. I want to adopt him and make him legally my child.
Mom said she is willing to terminate her rights but the father will not. He has never been around, he is on drugs and has multiple EPOs against him, he also has a cps case for an older child that I also have custody of but mom wants him back when she gets her life together. I need to know how can i start this adoption process and get dads rights terminated involuntary.
A: Good morning, you need to hire an adoption attorney to petition the family court where you live to adopt and simultaneously terminate the parental rights of the birth parents. Based upon the information you’ve provided, it does not sound as if the birth father’s consent would be required because he has abandoned the child and failed to provide parental care and protection for the child with no reasonable expectation of improvement.
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