I had custody of my grandchildren ages 12 and 5 for 9 months and then permanent guardianship for over 3 years and 8 months. This was the second removal by DCF. There has been no consistent contact or support from their parents. Both parents have long history of substance abuse and frequent arrests. The father is in prison for a year and the mother is starting counseling and going to try and regain custody.
Termination of parental rights based upon abandonment is not as simple as you make it sound. Court's do not terminate a parent's right to their children likely. Also, if a parent's parental rights are terminated, so are their legal obligation to support the child. If you adopt, you accept full financial responsibility for these children.
I agree with the prior answer when he states that termination of parental rights based on abandonment is not as simple as it sounds; there is a much higher standard to meet in order to satisfy the burden. It also sounds like the State of Florida is involved and this adds another wrinkle to the process (in addition to time). The parents will be given a Case Plan that they are required to fulfill and it will be monitored by the Court. My best advice is to consult with an attorney who is familiar with this type of case. Best of luck to you.
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Once parental rights are terminated so are their obligation to support. I agree though that obtaining a successful TPR is not as easy as one thinks.
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