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I am sorry to hear about this. If you are unable to afford an attorney to do this, they you should contact the clerk;s office at the family court in the county where you are living now. The clerk's office will assist you to complete the guardianship paperwork and custody paperwork and they will notify the mother at her last know address that there is an upcoming hearing on the matter. All parties then appear and the judge will award the child to the role model who will give the child the most stable home and school years etc. If the mother every decides that she truly wants custody back, she will have to show the court that she is clean and sober and has a separate apartment that she can take care of her child by. Trust me when I tell you that this type of thing does not happen very often and so I do not think you will have any problems becoming the guardian of this child and have custody so that you can treat her as family, get her into school and give her a loving and healthy home. Make sure that you bring the paperwork already signed over to you by the mother when you go to court to seek this more permanent custody and guardianship and I think that you will be absolutely fine. At the most, the mother will get some visitation rights and that is all .
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