Q: I have a teen who ran away from the state of Kansas custody. I live in Oklahoma City will I have to send her back
I am teens biological mother but my rights were terminated to her 15 years ago. She has recently been taken by the state again but from her aunt that adopted her and doesn't want her back. she wants to be with me. I don't want them to come pick her up and not sure what I can do at this point
A: Unfortunately for you you have no legal standing in keeping her if your rights were terminated. Her aunt “may” grant you guardianship which would essentially give you permission for custody but would not change your status in regards to the parental rights. This is all conditional on the courts and the individual facts of your case. Additionally, since the legal residence is Kansas and they have jurisdiction, there is a more likely than not chance that this will all need to be completed in Kansas, which could change the requirements.
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