Can my friend terminate her parental rights and give me custody of her baby?
1 attorney answer
There are only two ways to terminate parental rights in Arkansas: (1) DHS action or (2) adoption.
Your only option is adoption, if you must terminate her parental rights.
However, you could file a petition for guardianship and she could consent to it.
It will not terminate her parental rights, but you would be the legal guardian (if qualified).
You would be caring for and making all decisions for the child, etc. similar to a parent.
BUT, mom could revoke consent at any time. If you wanted to fight that and keep the guardianship, you would have to prove in court that she is not a fit parent.
This is not legal advice, just my impression. I'm not your lawyer.
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