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Hello and thank you for your question.
Can you elaborate on the circumstances which lead to your niece being in foster care?
Was no effort made to place the child with another family member, such as yourself? Is there any reason that you weren't considered as suitable?
If your niece wants to live with you then I would think an application for custody may have very good prospects of succeeding. The courts decide such matters based on the best objective interests of the child, and whilst a child's preference is not decisive, as children get older their preferences have greater weight, and a fourteen year old's preferences will be considered seriously, and in conjunction with some of the other issues you have indicated, the court may well defer to the sensible preferences of the child.
I would strongly recommend you engage a family lawyer pursue such an application if you want custody, and based on what you have said, the prospects of succeeding appear good.
I trust the above assists.
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