I have had my godchild since she was 2 months old and now she is 4 years old. I buy clothes, shoes, pay for childcare and raise her as if she was mine. Her mother refuses to give me any type of custody. Financially I take care of everything for this child. It goes as far back as the Pediatrician has never seen or met the mother, they only know of me. There are things that I want to do for the child but I can't because I am limited.
You should probably speak to an experienced adoption attorney who has familiarity with filing private dependency actions. Because your issue involves a fundamental liberty interest, the right to parent, the process is complicated and requires judicial intervention.
If there is a legally established father, he would aslo have to be served any petition that you file on behalf of the child.
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Aside from the excellent advice given already, you may consider filing a formal guardianship of the person concerning this child. You will need an experienced attorney for this, it is not something that you can do yourself.
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