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Old 01-21-2010, 10:28 PM   #3
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Re: Adopting a family member??

My husband's stepmom and dad are in a similiar situation actually.

Her neice is a drug user and they've had Joshua since he was basically out of the hospital, He's 4 now. They have legal guardianship over him but I do have to tell you at basically any point that she would want to come get him, She could. I've also heard them say they have to renew it every so often, I don't know if this is normal or special to their case.

I'd personally skip the legal guardianship since it's too iffy and they CAN change their minds down the road. Contact a lawyer and get started with the adoption process. From my understanding the adoption process for adopting family members is a lot like domestic adoptions. You'll probably need a homestudy and then obviously a TPR, etc. Adoption doesn't have to be THAT expensive, As in 15k or more.

We were already matched with a Mom when we went to our lawyer. I can lay out the costs we've spent so far for you to maybe give you an idea. Although it could be cheaper or more expensive in your area.

Texas Lawyer: $1,000 (retainer)
Louisiana Lawyer: $1,500 (retainer)
Home Study Application Fee: $150
Home Study: $1,452
FBI background check: $18 each - 2x = $36
Fingerprints: $10 per person - 2x = $20
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