Alabama - I was awarded legal custody of my niece and nephew over 7 years ago. They were removed from my sister's home by DHR and I was awarded full legal custody. Initially DHR had temporary legal custody (and I had physical custody during this period) but then I was granted full legal custody. Since then I have received no support whatsoever from the state or anyone else for the children. They have been my children in all aspects except biology. I have carried them on my health insurance at all jobs but have run into a problem with my current employer. They now tell me that I must have legal guardianship instead of legal custody in order to cover my children. The children's parents are drug addicts and I do not want them to know where we are in order to alleviate potential problems. They haven't seen, talked with or had any type of contact with either of the children since I obtained custody. Since I've had them for over 7 years, what can I do to obtain legal guardianship at this point? Please help! Thank you!! What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?