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  • My boyfriend and I have had custody of his 2 daughters for almost 2 years, can I adopt them? What steps need to be taken?

    My kids Biological mom is a drug addict. We got custody of them almost 2 years ago. I am Mom to them. They are my kids. When we first took them from her we had to get them safe so they did a legal separation (they are still currently married) and ...

    Mark’s Answer

    There are two ways to terminate parental rights. She may voluntarily relinquish her rights by signing a consent. She must sign a form that has all the necessary language. She cannot simply sign a statement
    If she decides not to consent you will have to personally serve her with a petition to terminate her rights and schedule a court hearing. If she fails to respond in any manner and fails to appear at the court hearing she would be in default and her rights terminated
    I would suggest you contact an attorney to discuss the best way to approach the birth mother to obtain a consent and discuss the process if she refuses to do so

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  • Can my daughter sign over her rights to me of an unborn child?

    My daughter is pregnant and wants me to adopt the child. How do we get the proper procedure done before the baby is born?

    Mark’s Answer

    To adopt you will need to obtain a home study from a licensed agency or a private provider that has been approved by the court. Your daughter may sign a consent to adoption prior to the baby' birth. The consent is confirmed 48 hours after birth and an order terminating her rights is entered pending a final adoption hearing. You will need a post placement report prior to the final adoption hearing.

    You wi also need to give notice to the birth father and either have him sign a consent or serve him with a petition to terminate. If the birth father is unknown or you are unable to locate him you may ask the courts permission to give the birth father notic by notice in a newspaper. I would suggest you contact an attorney at your earliest convenience

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  • Child Abandonment, how do I file?

    My Daughter is now 2, her biodad has never been in the picture. He denies that I had our daughter, and has refused to see her. He told me shortly after she was born that he wants nothing to do with her. My fiance plans on adopting her once we are ...

    Mark’s Answer

    In Washington state rights are not automatically terminated when a birth parent "abandons" a child. And you do not need to be married for your fiancee to proceed with an adoption. The birth father may sign a consent to adoption that will result in a termination of parental rights. Or you could serve the birth father with a petition to terminate. He would have the right to respond. If he responds and contests the petition, you would have to go to trial. I would suggest you speak with an attorney to discuss the process and costs involved.

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  • I recently moved from CA, where I hold conservatorship of our adult son with autism. How do I file for guardianship in WA?

    I need help filing the appropriate forms and would like to have requirement's for GAD and GAP education waived.

    Mark’s Answer

    Guardianship is county specific meaning you need to file in the county that you reside in once you move to Washington. Contact a guardianship attorney in that county. Once you establish guardianship I Washington. You can dismiss the conservatorship in California. I practice I eastern Washington. I am happy to assist or refer you to another guardianship attorney

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  • What is the process for adopting an adult in Idaho state? How much does it cost, the time it takes etc?

    My husband of 17 years is the only father my now grown boys have ever known. Additionally, the boys birth father died 8 years ago? Do we need to notify the birth family who are absent from their lives even though birth father is dead? How long is ...

    Mark’s Answer

    An adult adoption is a simple process. Birth parent rights are not terminated. There is no need to give notice to the paternal relatives. You do not need a home study. You simply need to file a petition. The filing fee Is $88. A new birth certificate is issued at a cost of $26.00. You will also want to get certified copies of the decree of adoption. You do not need an attorney but it would be advisable. There are forms that must be drafted. And a hearing needs to be scheduled before an assigned judge. An attorney would charge a fee to prepare the documents and facilitate the adoption. Those fees will vary but will probably be in the $750 to $1500 range

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  • My daughter is 11 I have been with my husband for 7 years we live in Washington can he adopt her

    My daughter has never met or talked to her biological father.he lives in Texas and He has never paid child support and is in poor health. He is dying from a disease and incoherent. My husband is the only father she knows and he would like to adopt...

    Mark’s Answer

    Absolutely. It will be necessary for the birth father to sign a consent and voluntarily relinquish parental rights. If he refuses you will have to personally serve him with a petition to terminate rights. If you are unable to find him you may ask the court for permission to publish notice to him in a newspaper. Your husband will need a post placement report. Once you have terminated rights and have a report you may finalize.

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  • My g/f cant handle her son 5 and whats to put him up for adoption cause she knows he wld be better off how does she go about it

    fathers no where around no one will help with him im not sure what to do with him where do we go to talk to someone about getting him into a better place where someone can acatullay take care of him and has more knowledge with things like this.

    Mark’s Answer

    There are families that have been approved to adopt children. Your girlfriend may choose a family and meet them to make sure the placement is one she believes is in her son's best interest. It will be necessary for her to call an adoption attorney or adoption agency to facilitate a match

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  • Do I have any chance of caring for them

    Grandchildren currently ppl laced in foster care via cos my.state neither parent is suitable I am paternal grandma.recently x husband and both parents told cos not to place with me.I'm a good person have spent a lot of time with them.cos sounds li...

    Mark’s Answer

    The state of Washington has custody of these children. As a relative the state should consider you as a possible placement. Ask the children's caseworker what steps you must take to be considered. You may intervene in the dependency action if the birth parent rights have been terminated. If other family members are opposed to placement with you it will be more difficult. The length if time the children have been in foster care is also a consideration. I suggest you talk to the children's caseworker.

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  • How soon can my babies father give up his rights?

    I'm 6 weeks pregnant, and living in Washington State. The father and I both agree upon him signing his rights over, but I need to know when we would be able to do that. I need it to happen as soon as possible.

    Mark’s Answer

    In Washington state the Birth father may sign a consent to terminate rights prior to birth. 48 hours after birth, the birthfather's rights may be terminated. I encourage you to talk with an adoption attorney who is able to draft a consent for the birthfather and talk with you about the process.
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  • I do not know who the Biological Father is to my daughter. Can my husband adopt her?

    I honestly do not know who the bio father of my daughter is. It was a one night stand after a concert... Anyway, My husband has been taking care of her since she was 2. She calls him Daddy and knows no different. She is a special needs child. Can ...

    Mark’s Answer

    When there is little or no contact with the biological father, the primary father/child relationship forms between the step parent and the child. Under such circumstances, it is important to proceed with an adoption so that the step parent has legal recognition as the child’s parent. Without this legal status, the birth father may be able to assert his rights as a parent, should the mother (father) become incapacitated. A step parent adoption therefore offers security to the child and family.

    When the birth father residence is unknown and his identity or whereabouts are unknown the adopting parent may publish a public notice to the birth father, and if the birth father fails to respond parental rights are terminated.

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