You can get custody of the baby. There are several things you can do.
1. The baby's parents can sign over custody of the baby. This would make you legally responsible for the child. In essence, you'd have all the rights of a parent.
2. The baby's parents can give consent for guardianship
. This will give you the right to information on medical and educational issues of the baby, but will maintain more parental rights
with the biological parents
3. You can go through DHR and become a foster parent of that child. You will be given a small allotment of money for the child's care, along with other services.
In all three cases, if the parent's straighten out, they may be able to seek the return of the their child. Also, the procedures are easy if both parent's agree. However, if the father is involved, he could choose to fight.
In closing, if DHR and the parents are behind you, I don't see any reason why the judge wouldn't award you custody.
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