My childrens mother has been absent from their lives for almost 3 years with no contact at all. She has other children that she's lost all parental rights to. She lives somewhere in California and I live in Indiana. How would I go about terminating her parental rights so my wife can legally adopt them?
You need to file the proper motion and then serve the mother.
I STRONGLY suggest that you enlist the assistance of counsel so that you do not waste your time, effort, and money.
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Your wife can do a step parent adoption. Indiana statute provides that consent is not needed by the biological parent in certain circumstances such as insignificant contact. I would consult an attorney to get this process started. It will consist of a lot of paperwork and a short hearing.
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