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.
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.
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
Most adoptions are open, which simply means that the birth parents and adoptive parents have met or know one another. In Washington the birth parents and adoptive parents enter an open adoption agreement that outlines contact between the adoptive parents and birth parents. Most agreements allow two visits a year and provides that the adoptive parents will send a letter and information to the birth parents a couple times a year. The terms of the agreement are worked out between the birth...
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...
As the Birth parent your rights can be terminated in one of two ways that could result in the Foster parents getting the child: The birth parents can agree to voluntarily relinquish parental rights by signing a consent to adoption. In a voluntary relinquishment, the birth parent is usually offered an open adoption agreement. If the birth parent refuses to sign a consent and voluntarily relinquish, the state files a petition to terminate and the matter goes to trial. If the matter goes to...
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
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.
Failure to pay child support alone is not sufficient to terminate parental rights. It may be a factor however. In Washington the prospective adoptive parent must show that the birthparent failed to act in a parental capacity and is witholding a consent to adoption contrary to the best interest of the child.
In Most states, the attorney prepares a consent for the birth mother prior to the child’s birth. At least forty-eight (48) hours after the child’s birth, the birth mother's consent is accepted by the court and her rights are terminated. In some counties it is necessary for the birth mother to appear at a court hearing to confirm her consent. The child is then placed in the temporary care of the prospective adoptive parents pending a final adoption hearing.