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Madonna M Finney

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  • How do you petition the courts to get the adoption process going after the case being closed with permanent guardianship?

    we have had guardianship for 3 1/2 years and the biological mother hasn't ever had a visitation and the biological father has only seen him 4 or 5 times and he has been incarcerated for most of the 3 1/2 years. we are wanting to adopt and are loo...

    Madonna’s Answer

    It sounds as if this was a DCF dependency case. If that is so, you could contact the Department (DCF) and see if they are inclined to open the case and file for termination of parental rights. They would have to prove abandonment and that may be difficult given the facts of the case. Have you considered asking the parents if they would consent to your adoption of the child? That would be the easiest way to proceed. If they are not willing to consent, it would be an involuntary termination of parental rights, and that can be a legally complicated matter. It is difficult to evaluate the matter with the limited information provided. You should consider consulting with an attorney who specializes in adoption law to determine your best course of action. The Florida Bar, at www.floridabar.org can provide with a list of such attorneys if you search under Board Certified Adoption Attorneys. I believe Board Certified attorney Jeanne Tate may be in your area.

    Madonna M. Finney
    Board Certified Adoption Attorney
    Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
    P.O. Box 10728
    Tallahassee, FL 32302
    850-577-3077

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  • Can I get adopted by another family in another state...they are my church family and treats me way better than my foster parents

    The family told me that they will adopted me and I need to be with them because thats a better environment for me and I deserve better...how can I make this happen and how long will it take?

    Madonna’s Answer

    Those are some difficult questions to answer, especially with the limited information given. Do you have a Guardian ad Litem or a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)? If so, could you disuss this matter with them. If not, why don't you call Legal Services Alabama (LSA), they are a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to justice and free quality civil legal aid and assistance to educate and empower Alabama's low-income community from nine offices located in: Anniston, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Selma and Tuscaloosa. You can call them at 1-866-456-4995

    Madonna M. Finney
    Board Certified Adoption Lawyer
    Tallahassee, FL

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  • My grandchild gave up her kids for adoption a few months ago is there any way we can try to get them back

    I no where they went to do the adoption

    Madonna’s Answer

    Where did this occur, what state? To whom were the consents given? To DCF? or a private agency or attorney?

    Madonna M. Finney
    Board Certified Adoption Lawyer

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  • If I have already contacted Community Legal Services and have been disqualified from representation because of finances, then wh

    I am trying to adopt my great niece and have been turned down by Community Legal Aid because, according to their financial requirements, I make too much money. I am looking for guidance and am willing to do the leg work required in order to get th...

    Madonna’s Answer

    If you could provide more information, it would be easier to try and give you some guidance. Are the child's parents in agreement? Is this a case involving the State, DCF? If so, who have them given custody to and have parental rights been terminated? When you say your great niece, are you the Aunt of the child's mother or father?

    Madonna M. Finney
    Board Certified Adoption Lawyer
    Tallahassee, FL

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  • I gave up a child in 1980 on the day of his birth.

    i was only 13 and i do not remember signing any papers but i do remember giving him a name which was very unique and there is no trace of that name anywhere . how do i start looking for this child

    Madonna’s Answer

    In what state did you place the child for adoption? You can start by finding out if that state has a consent registry or adoption reunion registry to see if the child has registered to find a birth parent.

    Madonna M. Finney
    Florida Board Certified Adoption Attorney
    Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
    P.O. Box 10728
    Tallahassee, FL 32302
    850-577-3077

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  • I have a 16yr old daughter who was adopted. she looked for me and found me. she wants to come live with me.

    what legally, do i have to do to make that happen

    Madonna’s Answer

    I assume you are saying she was adopted and your parental rights were terminated, which would make you a legal stranger to the child (unless she was adopted by a relative). Do her adoptive (ie. legal) parents agree with her doing this? If so, you could seek assistance from an attorney where you or the child resides to assist with viable legal options, which would allow you to care for her and consent to medical care, enrolling her in school and the like. The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is an excellent resource to locate such an attorney www.adoptionattorneys.org

    Madonna M. Finney
    Florida Board Certified Adoption Attorney
    Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
    P.O. Box 10728
    Tallahassee, FL 32302
    850-577-3077

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  • My friend wants to do a private adoption and hand over her baby to me and my husband, we do not want to go to a agency, what do

    we need to do about it and how much would it be?

    Madonna’s Answer

    You should consider consulting with an attorney who works in the area of adoption law. The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is an excellent resource to locate such members in your area www.adoptionattorneys.org

    Madonna M. Finney
    Board Certified Adoption Attorney
    Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
    P.O. Box 10728
    Tallahassee, FL 32302
    850-577-3077

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  • How to start the process for Termination of Parental Rights

    The father of my baby is British and lives in Europe, I'm in Miami Florida and planing to have the baby here. How can the father do a Termination of Parental Rights from abroad, as he has no means to come to the US. He has not provide any pre-birt...

    Madonna’s Answer

    You should consider consulting with an attorney who specializes in adoption law to determine your best course of action. We are Board Certified in Adoption Law and have proven our expertise in that area of the law, as well as having been reviewed for our Ethical standards. As a birth mother contacting an attorney to place a child for adoption, you should not have to pay any expenses, and if needed, may be entitled to receive living expenses, medical care and/or counseling free of charge.

    Because England and the US are Hague Adoption Convention Countries, it would be important that an adoption professional determine if the child would be considered a habitual resident of England or not. That would then possibly govern aspects of the adoption.

    Florida law requires, if you know the father's identity, that he receive notice. If you are working with an adoption professional pre-birth, they can provide this notice even before the baby is born. The father could also execute an Affidavit of Non Paternity pre birth and would not need to travel to the US to do so.

    If you would like to speak with someone regarding adoption of your child, please feel free to contact my office, our toll free birth mother line is 888-883-6830. All the best.

    Madonna M. Finney
    Board Certified Adoption Attorney
    Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
    P.O. Box 10728
    Tallahassee, FL 32302
    850-577-3077

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  • I have a child that we are Gardian to, we would like to know if we have a chance to adopt her and give her our last name

    We have her big sister and we adopted her but mom wouldnt let us when she was jail. I am trying to see if we have a case ... Her mom has only seen her 2 times in a year and 6 months...and has only called one time and she didnt even ask to talk to ...

    Madonna’s Answer

    Can you provide a little more information? How did you obtain custody of her? Is this a DCF case? Are you court appointed legal guardians? What is the birth father situation? Is the birth mother currenly in jail? How long has she been there, if she is? Does mother or father provide any support?

    Madonna M. Finney
    Board Certified Adoption Lawyer
    Tallahassee, FL

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  • I was adopted in 1955, the only birth certicate i was able to obtain is in my birth name. I need to renew a drivers license.

    Can find record of birth record in my adopted name which is what will appear on my marriage license if I where able to obtain one. Have been try for a year now with not results. I need to get my drivers license renewed I have been driving for 25 y...

    Madonna’s Answer

    I'm not exactly following what you need to renew your license. You were adopted in 1955. Where were you born? And do you know where you were adopted (where the legal proceeding took place)? Do you know who did your adoption, an attorney or agency? I assume you want to renew your license in your adoptive name. What forms of ID do you have in your adoptive name? What do you have with your birth name (before you were legally adopted)? Do you have any legal paperwork from your adoption? Do your parents have any of the paperwork?

    Madonna M. Finney
    Board Certified Adoption Attorney
    Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
    P.O. Box 10728
    Tallahassee, FL 32302
    850-577-3077

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