Q: If i have kinship care of a child for a longer period of time and then family steps forward requesting to adopt her.
Will i have any say or pull to adopt her? Can the guardian say she's bonded to us?
A: A kinship caregiver can file for legal custody or adoption of a child. The difference is that parents can still have residual rights when a third party has legal custody but in the course of an adoption the parental rights are permanently terminated. The court will not necessarily grant a kinship caregiver an appointed attorney unless one is requested and the qualifications for an appointed attorney are met. A kinship caregiver can hire their own private counsel anytime without having one appointed.
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