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I have a 5 year old great-nephew that the mother doesnt want

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I have a 5 year old great-nephew that the mother doesn't want and the grandfather doesn't want. They brought him to my house. How difficult will it be in Indiana to get legal guardianship? I do not know the whereabouts of the mother or father.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  LawTalk replied 7 years ago.
Good morning,

I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma.

Without knowing the whereabouts of the natural mother or father, if you petition the courts to appoint you as legal guardian you run the risk that the child will be taken from you. While you will be considered as a placement possibility, the court is not obligated to place your great-nephew with you. He could be placed in a foster home.

If you could locate either the mother or father, perhaps you could get around this issue. For that you would likely need an experienced attorney.

I wish you well.

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