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Sure, you are eligible to apply to the court to be appointed guardian of the person and estate of the child - all you need to do is go to local county court house and ask the clerk for the forms, fill them out and file them and wait for a hearing.
I am sure that there must bemany local lawyers who have a reasonable package price for doing this.
By the way, the "father" has no rights whatsoever in this unless, and until his paternity is established by a court order.
All the best,
Child services will end up establlishing paternity and getting support from him which will be a lot more than $360/month - you can figure out the amount here: https://nddhacts01.dhhs.state.nc.us/home.jsp?TargetScreen=WorkSheet.jsp
This will not, however, prevent your guardianship but rather the child support will come to you instead of the mother.
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