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Q: How do I go about this process?

My sister is pregnant and due in about 2 weeks she does not want the baby and is willing to sign over all her rights to me she does not know who the dad of the baby is how would I go about getting custody of the baby so I can take it home from the hospital when it is born?

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Sep 27, 2019

Honestly it’s too involved of a process to describe quickly here.

Conservatorship, Adoption and Termination are described in Chapters 153, 160 and 161.

You DEFINITELY need a lawyer. Doing this wrong could result in criminal prosecution and severe penalties. I can help you or...
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Q: Would it be a complication with my husband adopting my youngest child?

My son is from a previous marriage, his biological dad and I got divorced in Illinois when he was only 1year and 8 months, His biological father at the time of the divorce I only had one addressed where I sent out the divorce paperwork and that was in California, he signed the divorce and also a... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 26, 2019

Your 1st step should be to hire a private investigator to locate him. He may be agreeable and if so you would not have a hard time.

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Q: Child's father refusing contact before and after birth, what are my options?

My childs father disappeared after he found out that we had a child (even though we were trying and it was planned). He hasn't changed his mailing address and he is having all of his family refuses any contact with me. I honestly want him to just sign away his rights. I have been seeing someone who... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 5, 2019

The father can certainly give up all of his rights if there is another ready and qualified to adopt. You’ve got a number of steps to follow and because of such you should consult an attorney to assist you. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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Q: How to adopt a baby we have been having since 2 days old and is about to turn 2?

My husband and I have been having a baby since birth and he is almost 2. Originally his birth mom signed guardianship to us to avoid foster care. When born he tested positive for street drugs. In short, CPS had mom to take drug test after released and mom still tested positive. She has since... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 22, 2019

Are you and the baby living in Texas? If so, CPS may provide attorney fees for the adoption. If they do not and you are in the Houston and surrounding areas feel free to reach out to our office. We can help. 888-343-4529#1.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Custody/guardianship of 17 yr old in Texas

I have the 17 year old best friend of my daughter currently living with me. One of her parents is incarcerated, the other on drugs. Her grandmother has guardianship of her but can no longer care for her and is willing to relinquish those rights to me. In Texas, I’ve been told that minors in... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Jul 16, 2019

Call CPS.

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Q: Do I have to travel to California from Texas to request that my sons biological fathers rights be terminated?

He is in prison in California, and my family and I live in Texas. We want my husband to adopt my son, but having to travel back and forth will be expensive and time consuming. Is there a way I can request his rights to be terminated while being in a different state? My sons biological dad hasn't... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Jul 16, 2019

Hello. I'm Jon R. Boyd, Family Law Attorney. Let me see if I can help....

I can't tell from your question - has there ever been a court order establishing parentage/paternity? If so, where?

I need to know whether a court anywhere has ever taken jurisdiction over your child. If so,...
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Q: We are a 3rd party Non Relation we had a child since she was 2 she is almost 7 we have full sole Custody

More than likely the father will not sign anything he doesn't even get involved Mom voluntarily signed her rights Through a notary And 2 witnesses Do we have a standing for adoption

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 13, 2019

If you already have “full custody” then I’ll assume for this question you have court ordered custody. Yes, you have standing to seek adoption. Get an attorney to proceed. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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Q: Can I get my rights back even though my daughter has been legally adopted for 15 years & I have raised her for 15 years.

My parents convinced me to relinquish my rights when I was 18. I stayed living with them to raise my daughter for 15 years. I am now married and living on my own and they will not allow my daughter to live with me. Is there anything I can do to get my daughter back with me?

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 24, 2019

You only mention that you relinquished your rights. Is it possible that your daughter was not formally "adopted"? If not, then you may have parental rights as they may not have even filed any documentation with the court. If they have formally adopted her then that will be a harder road to... Read more »

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Q: Could I lose rights to my kids just because my mother has had my kids for the last 6years?

My mother is trying to adopt my kids. I told her I was not willing to let her adopt them. And ever since I disagreed with her and her wife, she will no longer allowed me to see them , talk to them , or have any sort of contact whatsoever. She has broken the court several times. nd has lied to me... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 6, 2019

You need to bring court action. It sounds as though there is an order in place. You have valid rights. If you do nothing then she will argue that you have abandoned them and could possibly succeed on an adoption.

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Q: Will the OAG force an absent bio father to pay child support of he gives up his rights and the child is then adopted?

Child is on medicaid.

Bio father wants to give up rights.

Step father wants to adopt.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Apr 5, 2019

The past child support and health support may still be owing to the state.

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Q: Homestudy done in TX, move to MO due to military, will I just update my homestudy to do private adoption in MO?

Nothing has started in TX other than having an approved homestudy. There is no child being adopted yet. Wanting to adopt a newborn. Will start looking for a child once we move. Will I need a new homestudy or can it be updated with new info on physical home.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Apr 3, 2019

Texas probably has exclusive jurisdiction to handle the adoption if the suit has already been instituted. Consult with your attorney about your move and its ramifications.

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Q: Adopted at age 4, name changed. Adoption / birth certificate never filed.
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 29, 2019

You will need to ask that your case be unsealed for you to get the order which would have granted the adoption and then your name changed. Then contact BVS with a certified copy of the order. See if that works. You may have to hire a lawyer to get the file unsealed. Good luck to you.

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Q: my sister passed away 2/5 and left behind 4 beautiful children. i would like to obtain legal guardianship.

there are three dads whom are not on the birth certificates. They are not mentally, financially nor residence stable. they are not on the birth certificates and not actually proven to be the fathers by blood work. they never paid child support. they would come around once a blue moon but not... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 9, 2019

First of all sorry for your recent loss of your sister. What a wonderful thing to see families taking care of their own. Your mother has standing to petition the court to deal with these issues. Let us know if you would like our assistance. 888-343-4529.

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Q: can i file for pmc for kids and why is adoption wanting an adoption for benifits dont want money only boys back

the adoption agency removed the boys in october due to natural disaster fixed problem wont give them back they keep putting one thing after another i complied with cps for 17 months no problem now after 2 visits they remove them dont help me out with any thing at all now i need divorce it will take... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 15, 2019

There is a lot going on in your stated facts. Find an attorney in your county to assist you. Look for a family law attorney. These cases are heart wrenching. You need to file your own actions stating what you want. Good luck.

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Q: Can I get Rights Of my Half sibling when I turn 18 (the father we share is abusive) they live in Iowa I live in Texas
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 12, 2019

Because the child is in Iowa then please consult with an attorney in the particular city about how you would go about doing so. Good luck.

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Q: How do I get guardianship of my grandchildren. My daughter wants me to adopt them, but I don't have the money to.

My daughter signed her kids over to us, with notarized paperwork a few years ago, and has not looked back. However, now the school district doesn't want to consider us legal guardians, and so we can not get the children enrolled in school. The one has special needs, and needs her services. I... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 25, 2019

You should consult an attorney in your county. It may not be that costly to get what you want to achieve done if all parties agree on the issues. Good luck.

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Q: how can I find out if I still have custody of my kids. The mother lost custody about 4yr ago and I just found out about

I have always been involved with my kids and I have court order child support and visitation I have always struggled to get the mother to follow the orders. But this weekend my daughter came to me and told me that their mother don't have custody of them. That Cps took her right I was never informed... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 9, 2019

There's a lot going on in your situation. It would be most helpful for you to schedule a consultation with an attorney.

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Q: Can you adopt in texas if you have a juvenile felony charge and went through deferred adjudication to have it dismissed?

Charge was at the age of 12, i am now 29.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 27, 2018

Adoptions take into consideration the totality of the circumstances. In general without knowing the particular charge at hand we could not comment on that particular issue. But, if it were something that would not hinder your parenting skills and you have not been in any trouble since the age of... Read more »

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Q: The child's father died before the child was born (they were not married) - can his parents stop an adoption?
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 14, 2018

This is an odd fact pattern situation. I would say consult with a lawyer to get an in depth analysis of this issue. With a little research I'm sure the answer could be had. I also would ask if the father's name was put on the birth certificate? Are the grandparents attempting to adopt? Is it... Read more »

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Q: Does it sound like I have grounds for requesting joint custody with success? Terminating her rights?

CPS removed kids from Bio Mom in late 2011, my husband got them placed in his custody in early 2012 and in 2014 the case was finalized on the last order of 2013 temporary decision hearing for him having sole custody. Bio dad for the girl died before she was born. There is a history of physical... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Nov 24, 2018

This is a very technical legal case. I would suggest that you consult with an attorney in your area as on its face it appears that you have good arguments for your adopting them. Good luck in this matter.

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