I would consult with an adoption attorney as soon as possible. Because you are the child's aunt you may not need a Home Study in that situation but every State has its own requirements. If you lived in Florida (where I practice) a Home Study would not be required. Having said that there are two different States involved so the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) will likely be involved; an experienced attorney will know about the ICPC requirements. In any event I would consult with someone sooner rather than later because there are a lot of moving parts in any adoption. Best of luck to you.
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Since you reside in North Carolina, you should consult with an adoption attorney in your state who has experience in relative adoptions. Your attorney will help identify an attorney in Ohio to meet with your sister. Since both your sister and the biological father support the adoption, they can sign adoption consent documents so that the court can terminate their rights to the child.
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