Extended family suddenly wants to take baby we have been fostering for 9 months.  We have changed our whole lives for him.  What can we do?

We've had this baby since day one in our home, completely changing our lives around him.  We have had him nine months and no one in his family including the mom has called or visited to see him.  We are finalizing the case to have full custody but suddenly 9 months later an extended family member is trying to take him from us.  

Where were they the entirety of him growing into a healthy toddler and what can we do to keep him?  We are his parents now, he knows us as his family and he loves us as much as we love him.

There has to be something we can do. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Talk to your case worker.  Fostering generally means a temporary placement and you should have been informed that either biological parent or extended family have the legal right to petition for custody.  It is up to a family court judge to decide who is or is not fit to care for a child.  Family will win out unless they are deemed unfit.

  • 1 month ago

    You can do what you are doing, file your paperwork, continue to show up when you are asked for whatever proceedings. Talk to the case worker and ask about your options. 

  • 1 month ago

    Odd you don't mention the foster care hearings at all. They must be unimportant. Oh well.

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