She is unwed. Does not know who the father is. She is pregnant and wants me her mother, and my husband, her step-father to. adopt the baby. What papers can we fill out to accomplish this without DHS involvement? She is due November 9 2019.
You’ll need to petition the court to terminate her parental rights as well as dad’s parental rights. Once that’s case is finalized, you can proceed with the adoption. You should talk with an experienced adoption attorney.
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