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Have you spoken to the mom to find out what is going on? There may be an existing court order with regard to this child if the people she is staying with are preventing her from talking to her mother
. Another option is to check the courts and see if there is a court case regarding this child. If not, the parent can cancel her agreement at any time if she wants to.
If there is no existing court case and the mother won't transfer her agreement to you, you could petition the courts for custody of the child, but that is not an easy process. You would have to show by clear and convincing evidence that one of the following factors exist:
(i) the parent has abandoned, neglected, or otherwise exhibited disregard for the child's well-being to the extent that the child will be harmed by living with the parent;
(ii) placement of the child with the individual takes priority over preserving the day-to-day parent-child relationship because of the presence of physical or emotional danger to the child, or both; or
(iii) other extraordinary circumstances;
The “interested third party” must also prove by a preponderance of the evidence that it is in the best interests of the child to be in the custody of the interested third party.
There are no standard forms for third party custody so you would probably have to hire a lawyer to get this accomplished.
Do you have any other questions?