I have been the legal guardian to my niece for almost 7 years; she just turned 13 last Nov. Her mother, my sister, is still very much apart of her life. However my niece has been very verbal about having no interest in returning to live with her mom. In the last year or two I have been considering adopting her. However I am unsure how intense that process would be. Her mom is still struggling (she has had substance abuse issues).
I'm not sure how to approach this, plus I am concerned about adoption fees and such. All I want to do is give Chelsea a since of belonging, not a since of "I just live with my aunt". Has anyone done this before? Adopt a child is a situation similar to this?
Answer by m.robertson811 at 4:12 PM on Feb. 6, 2009
Answer by PortAngeles1969 at 4:44 PM on Feb. 6, 2009
Answer by breezy2005 at 6:04 PM on Feb. 7, 2009
I wanted dot let you know I've worked with several children in your niece's position. Being adopted does give them a sense of belonging that can't been replaced any other way. I think it's great that you want to do this.
Answer by MAUREEN55 at 8:05 PM on Feb. 8, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:22 AM on Mar. 26, 2009