You should consult with a Maryland attorney. Although you live in Pennsylvania, Jurisdiction over children is governed by the residence of the child. Presumably, an attorney who is familiar with practice where you nephew resides can help you. A lot will depend on the children's services agency...Read more »
Under most circumstances, an adoption is final. I suggest that you gather all of you paperwork and then seek out the advice of an attorney who pretty mush specializes in adoptions. try doing an internet search for one in the Philadelphia area and then call to find out if he/she seems like one who...Read more »
Several of us contacted children and youth services and expressed being kinship foster parents and kinship adoption as soon as we found out the child was placed into care. The caseworker is completely disregarding us as options even though we have had healthy, positive meaningful relationships... Read more »
There are many factors involved in a contested adoption, each of which can sway the court one way or another. If you do not already have legal representation for this case, please retain an attorney experienced in adoptions asap.
Without more information it's difficult to tell you how hard it would be. The costs of adoptions vary from county to county and lawyer to lawyer. Why not consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area to discuss the situation in more detail and get an idea of your options as well as...Read more »
My sister realized the she isn’t financially fit to take care of a child also she doesn’t have the best living situation so she reached out to me and my wife to see if we were willing to take her unborn child when she gives birth. After a long talk with her and her boyfriend we all decided this... Read more »
The parents' parental rights will have to be terminated and an adoption petition filed. Your county may have guidance available online for completing this process which is somewhat complicated. I'd suggest that you retain an attorney to shepherd this through the system for you but, if you don't...Read more »
This would be a stepparent adoption. You'll have to file the appropriate petition to terminate his rights and submit the correct document signed by him. And you'll have to file a petition for adoption along with all the necessary forms and documents. You'll probably have to learn what the local...Read more »
My rights were involuntarily terminated and want to know if i turned my life around in the future can i adopt her if her foster family agrees to it. The bond is there and my daughter loves me and wavered between wanting to be with me and wanting to be with foster family
There is a lot of missing information that may be pertinent to provide a complete answer to your questions such as what were the reasons your parental rights were terminated- was there abuse, neglect, drug use, illness, abandonment, etc. Also, the age of the child is a relevant factor because...Read more »
I have been with my fiancé for almost 3 years. He has Sole and Physical custody of his daughter. The Birth Mother has been deemed an unfit mother by a judge in the past. She is continuously in and out of jail for drugs and theft. Her other child is not in her care as well, living with the... Read more »
Yes -- but you'll have to file a petition to involuntarily terminate birth mother's parental rights at the same time. If birth mother hasn't had any contact at all with the child within the past 6 months, your fiance will have grounds to terminate birth mother's parental rights.
My ex girlfriend wants me to adopt her son from a previous relationship. We are not together nor do I intend to be as she is muniputive and that’s why we are no longer together . Since I care for this child and his well being if I do legally adopt him can she collect support from me ? I feel like... Read more »
Yes - if you adopt the child, you become as responsible financially for him as his biological father would be. My suggestion, then, is to be like a "big brother" to the kid if you want to support him, but *don't* adopt him if you have no new family unit and long-term plans with his mother....Read more »
Just ask the lawyer what the procedure is and what the costs will be. If the attorney is knowledgeable, he/she will be able to explain everything to you and answer the questions that will come to mind. If the lawyer can't fill in all the blanks, you may want to consult with another one. One thing...Read more »
It's not really possible to tell you the pros and cons about adopting these children. That's for you to decide, but it's really not all that hard to figure out. Adopting them would make them your children in every sense of the word except biologically, with all the joys, responsibilities, and...Read more »
I'm afraid I don't understand your question. Is your child born, and another Virginia couple is adopting your child? Are you in the middle of adoption proceedings either here in Pennsylvania, or in Virginia?
I suggest you contact whoever is brokering the adoption, and pose your question...Read more »
The law requires the biological father's rights to be terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily, before the child can be placed for adoption. Obviously then the question arises - what if she says she doesn't know who the father is? Good point. I'd try to keep eyes on her discreetly to see if...Read more »
Our daughter and her boyfriend at the time, were potheads (still are) and we were given custody. My daughter was never a mom, she was always more interested in getting high. We were living in NY at the time and the dad still does, although he hasnt been in the picture for more that 3 years. My... Read more »
Well, the clerk of courts was right - you can try to do this on your own and hope, no pray, that you get it right. You really should contact an attorney. I'm not sure what state you're in but in PA, you may have a problem unless both parents willingly terminate their parental rights to allow the...Read more »
e also hasn’t been in their lives for over 5 years, the last time he asked to see them was August 1 2014 or 2015, he doesn’t pay his court order support, and now after 5 years and that he’s “clean” he thinks he come right back into their lives... do I have to let him, I have a man that... Read more »
Yes, he has parental rights . . . unless and until a court terminates them. You can certainly file a petition asking the court to involuntarily terminate his parental rights -- and at the same time, your new man can file a petition to adopt the children. In fact, a court will NOT terminate a...Read more »
We have taken care of my Husbands biological niece for the last 6 years, no child support or such. Took care of medical, education, activities, finances. All through notarized agreement/ Affidavit .Mom has been back in the state for the last 3, taking child on weekends at times. Very minimal... Read more »
One of the factors in a custody case is the child's preference but that's only one of 16 factors. I suggest that you consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area about your rights and options at this point.
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