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    I have leagl custody of my 18 month old grandson. This was done privately through lawyers and the state was never involved. I have had custody since June 2007. My husband and I would like to adopt him because there is no way either parent can take care of him. We have had a hard time finding an agency to do an adoption complaint investigation(home study) at a reasonable cost. I would also like to know of any websites to check out that might help us with this process. Thanks for reading.

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    If you go through the state and have him placed with you as a relative care placement, the state will foot the bill for the adoption homestudy and the adoption costs (saves you thousands) also he may qualify for state medicaid subsidy which is very usefull if you or your husband retire or become disabled and are no longer able to cover him on your health insurance. Also while many people try to "avoid" the system it is very helpful in terms of post-adoption services in case he needs counselling or you need parenting resources down the line.

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    Hi there, just found your post..my first time here..but I wonder if you have amde any progress?? We are thinking about adopting out grandson who we have had physical custody of for 4 years.

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    Default Italy would be a nicer place if I had a child!

    After 14 years of marriage, my Italian husband and I while close friends, have decided to go on our own paths. 7 years ago, I was told I would not be able to have natural child birth. Years have passed and I am again on the serious quest to adopt. I am an English teacher here in Italy and considered my students as my children, but it's now time for my own. The only problem is, is one can't adopt as a single parent in Italy. My Italian citizenship is pending and I am currently and Italian resident, with a US passport that I will never give up. My questions is...Am I eligable to adopt as a single parent since I'm a US citizen? Or because I live in Italy, I'm now penalized and not eligable? I hope don't have to move back to the US just to adopt! But, should that be the case, I'm prepared. Italy is a beautiful country, but governed by old ways of life. Thanks for your advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mommy2five+
    If you go through the state and have him placed with you as a relative care placement, the state will foot the bill for the adoption homestudy and the adoption costs (saves you thousands) also he may qualify for state medicaid subsidy which is very usefull if you or your husband retire or become disabled and are no longer able to cover him on your health insurance. Also while many people try to "avoid" the system it is very helpful in terms of post-adoption services in case he needs counselling or you need parenting resources down the line.
    Now my question is if you go through with the state to adopt the child, wont they get involved and do all kinds if investigations on you to see if you can afford the child even though he has been in your home for many years now ?

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    I know that in our state, in that situation, you can petition the probate court for termination of parental rights and a subsequent adoption. Since you are a blood relative, a judge can waive the homestudy in our state.

    You might want to check the laws of your state, or check with a lawyer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkirby3
    Now my question is if you go through with the state to adopt the child, wont they get involved and do all kinds if investigations on you to see if you can afford the child even though he has been in your home for many years now ?
    Your best option is to call some attorneys in your state for a free or low cost consultation. The consultattion is just that, to ask questions, it does not bound you to hire him, and he will not report to the courts, etc. Just to get your info straight as to how the system works in state.

    We are adopting our grandson now, in fact it will be final on April 23rd
    We are in Ohio, laws are different everywhere. We filed ourselves with no attorney representing us ($200 to file) Our grandson was has been with us for 2 over 2 years and we have legal custody as well....yet, the home study is still mandatory. The home study is VERY detailed, it caused me alot of sleepless nights stressing and worrying.

    Good luck.

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