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-phoenix- September 6th, 2007 10:15 PM

Hi everyone, I'm new here. Not a mother myself yet I'm seeking advice and so far my resources have turned up little. I was wondering if anyone had a good website or resources for the legal aspect of adoption and custody issues. Not too sure if I'm posting in the right place. So, if it needs to be moved, please feel free. My roommate's boyfriend has a child from a previous relationship and both would like to add her as a parent and have full custody as a family. Only issue is her boyfriend's ex-wife is the biological mother of child in question. She (ex-wife) also has a child from a previous relationship and the state considers them to be siblings (which they are) and won't let full custody be granted to boyfriend.

The child (age 4) had made it known through behaviors which family setting they prefer. It breaks my heart and those of all involved to see this situation. Does anyone have any insight or any helpful links/resources on adoption in this situation? We're not too sure what we're looking for, but just resources for now.

Thanks in advance. I hope it's OK that I post here even though I'm not a mother.

BensMom September 7th, 2007 08:04 AM

Of course it's ok to post, and yes you're in the right place. :smile: I don't know the answer, but I'm sure someone will. Google your state's child services department (each state calls it something different, so just look for social services, child services, foster care, and stuff like that. It'll get you on the right track.) You can also consult an adoption lawyer.

m_westbro September 9th, 2007 07:02 PM

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Of course it's ok to post, and yes you're in the right place. :smile: I don't know the answer, but I'm sure someone will. Google your state's child services department (each state calls it something different, so just look for social services, child services, foster care, and stuff like that. It'll get you on the right track.) You can also consult an adoption lawyer.[/b]
:ditto: The options in a situation like this really depend on the laws of your particular state. I would definitely advise your roommate's boyfriend to contact an attorney who specializes in adoption. I wish them the best, that sounds like a difficult situation to be in. And you're welcome to post any time!

lblackst September 9th, 2007 07:29 PM

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Of course it's ok to post, and yes you're in the right place. :smile: I don't know the answer, but I'm sure someone will. Google your state's child services department (each state calls it something different, so just look for social services, child services, foster care, and stuff like that. It'll get you on the right track.) You can also consult an adoption lawyer.[/b]
:ditto: The options in a situation like this really depend on the laws of your particular state. I would definitely advise your roommate's boyfriend to contact an attorney who specializes in adoption. I wish them the best, that sounds like a difficult situation to be in. And you're welcome to post any time!
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These are good suggestions. Options do depend on particular state. Usually a child's requests under the age of 12 aren't taken as much into consideration as a child 12 and older.


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