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Even if there are adoption documents stating you would become legal guardian of the minor in the event of your mother's death, which should be ultimately honored by the court, the court does have a duty to make sure that the child will not be placed in any danger by doing so. It was also your duty to present the adoption paperwork to the court, not up to the judge to look up that paperwork, and you had to present an official stamped court order of adoption naming you as guardian in event of your mother's death to the court. IF the judge continues to deny guardianship once the home study is completed and you present the original records to the court in support of your guardianship, then you have legal basis to appeal the judge's denial of your guardianship. As a child protection specialist, you are aware of the duty of the court to validate any child guardianship and that they do have legal steps to go through to insure the child is protected with the guardianship as well.
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You did not mention what you presented in court, only that the court did not go to look up the records, which is not part of what the court's responsibility is. The court is responsible to review proper and authentic records. If they did not do so, then the court has committed reversible error.
If he did not consider the proper documents, then your next step here is the appeals process if he issues a final order contrary to your interests.