What is the name of your state? OR
I was contacted by a family member about a baby in another state (CA) that needs a home. This is definitaley at least a temporary custody situation. It could also possibly be adoption. Either way my husband and I are willing to take the baby (only a few days old) and the mother has agreed to temporary custody. She is incarcerated in CA, we live in OR.
Is it legal for us to take the baby even though we live in another state?
Is it legal forus to gain temporary custody even though we are no relation to the mother or the child?
Would we be eligible for assistance through the state of CA or OR for things such as medical etc? (Would we be eligible at all? It's not necessary, just figured since I was asking I might as well add that in too)
The connection we have to the mother is through my aunt (the mother is my aunts ex-husbands neice) I do not know her, and have never met her otherwise, though my aunt has told her about my husband and myself. Her family members are unable to take the baby, and the father wants nothing to do with the child (this is what we have been told) she does not want the baby to stay in foster care because she would like to mainain a relationship with the child. This leads me to believe she may be looking at a possible open adoption. As far as we knowher parental rights have not been terminated. We would be fine with either an open adoption or just temporary custody until the mother is able to care for her child again. however if this were to be an adoption...
Can someone who is incarcerated legally sign away their parental rights?
I have been informed that she might not be able to do this if she is willing to let us adopt her baby until she is out of jail, just wanted to know if it's true and if so why?
Finally, and most important, how do we go about getting the baby out of the foster care system? what should we be doing now? What should the mother be doing?
Thank you very much for your time. Sorry if this has been a little long, and I apologize if I'm asking for "too much" free advice. I'd just like to know as soon as possible.What is the name of your state?