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What happens if 2 petitions for adoption are filed on the same child?

Birmingham, AL |

I want to file a petition for adoption of my niece but somebody else (strangers) have already filed a petition and have an interlocutory decree after the mother signed relinquishment to an agency. The child has lived with me since birth up until mom placed her. Do I have a chance at getting her, can this be done?

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  1. I would suggest that you speak with an adoption attorney in your area as soon as possible. I would think that you could file your own Petition for Adoption and seek to have your petition consolidated with theirs. Then, the court would have to decide who could best look out for the best interests of your niece.

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