Someone who is not related would be a better choice, but it would depend on the specific facts of the situation whether a particular person was a credible witness.
You should hire an attorney for this process - it is tricky and even experienced attorneys sometimes get lost in it. In addition, know that there will be an attorney ad litem appointed for the child and a social study required by the court.
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It has to be notarized.
I agree that you need an experienced family law attorney to help you with this matter. Judges require the document to meet many criteria. If not done exactly correctly, it will be rejected by the Judge. Terminating a person's rights is a very tricky matter.
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It's best to have no related parties sign notarized statements.
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