Ah, there it is. I hate how it does that sometimes. Well, thank you for your reply just the same.
In any event, to answer your question, what you need to do is file a Petition for Guardianship
of the Minor Child(ren). It would likely be easier to list both children on the same petition rather than doing filing each separately.
A very simplified version of the way the process works is this: In the petition, you list the name of the child/children who you seek to become guardian of, who the parents are, and the reason the guardianship is sought. After you have filed the form, you generally have to have the form served upon the parents via a process server (costs about $25). If you don't know where the parents live, you can serve a notice via publication (by publishing the notice of the filing of the petition in a local newspaper). After that, you have to schedule a hearing on the petition, and ensure that the parents get notice of the hearing date and time. At the hearing, a judge will listen to both sides and make a determination. As the moving party (the party seeking to become guardian of the child/children), the burden will be on you to show the court why this is appropriate.
Although the forms you need to file are generally available at the Clerk of Court, I would suggest you at least speak with a local attorney about this matter further before doing anything. Typically, attorneys with 1-5 years experience offer fees that are more reasonable. You may also be able to get a free consultation.
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