My fiancé recently got emergency custody of his children after his daughter was molested by her step father. The kids mother continued letting the guy live there even after the daughter told her what was happening. My fiancé is now in jail for assault. The maternal grandparents recently got an emergency order of protection to keep my fiancé away from the son but want nothing to do with the daughter and left her here in my home. That side of the kids family still supports the step father, even though he was found guilty and is serving time in prison for molestation. I understand I have absolutely no parental rights to the children. But what are my options for the daughter. The mother is 5000 behind in child support and I can't afford to support her myself. Do I have to turn her over to cps?
You are correct, you have no rights to the daughter. In Wa. state, a third party has no custodial rights or even visitation rights to a child over the objections of he parents. Your only option would be to file a third party custody action alleging that both parents are unfit and seek to terminate their rights on that basis -- a herculean task. As to the present , if the child is living with you, you need do nothing until someone asks you to give up the child. But you can't neglect the child. If you cannot afford to raise while you fiance is in jail, you need to take action presumably by contacting a relative who can or file for a guardianship which is counter-intuitive since you say you can;t afford to raise the child.
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