My children were taken by cps for lack of heat that's what cps said they were taken for but I had electric heaters and had heat in all the rooms we were in
If your children have been adopted by other adults you generally cannot get them back. In most states, an adoption of minors is only permitted if the parental rights of their mother and father were terminated after a court hearing or by consent. Given you comments, it would be pretty clear that your rights were terminated by a juvenile court judge.
From my experience, there is usually much more detail to these kinds of situations. You are providing very little detail, so please know that this information is not going to be perfect and I may make some assumptions for the sake of giving you ideas.
I'm assuming this is a juvenile Court issue. If your children are removed from your custody, there is process by which you can contest their removal through the juvenile Court. Your unfamiliarity with that process (or lack of information) hints to me that you weren't very involved or didn't have any idea what was going on.
When the juvenile Court places custody of your child(ren) with the state, a few things typically happen:
(1) You are given a Court appointed attorney, or the opportunity to obtain your own.
(2) A hearing is offered for you to voice your contest to your children being taken by the State.
(3) Even if the hearing results in the State keeping custody, adoption is typically a long way down the road. You will typically get a "team" of people working to reunite you with your children by resolving the underlying concerns that caused them to be taken. The State does not favor separating families if it can be corrected.
Only after you've been given an attorney, a hearing, and opportunities to establish reunification with your child(ren), will adoption typically be an option considered by the Court. If this was a juvenile matter, there is most likely much more going on than a lack of heat and a one-sided adoption. It's important that you contact an attorney you are comfortable disclosing the details to and make sure you are more descriptive and forthcoming.
On the other hand, if under some strange set of circumstances, you were never notified of any hearings, never given an attorney, never given due process, etc., then you may have some grounds to seek to set aside the adoption. This is very difficult to believe. I have handled a lot of juvenile cases and the process is very predictable. You would need some pretty strong proof to convince and appellate court of this. You may also have a very limited time from the date of judgment of adoption to act.
Please know that the information provided is not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to establish a course of legal services. The information provided is intended to be for general discussion purposes only, and as such may be stated generally or with hypothetical to avoid addressing facts specific to your concern. Your best course of action is to seek legal counsel.
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