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The act of being engaged is not in and of itself illegal.
However, if you are engaged in any sort of sexual activity with her, you could go to jail.
If the father has no parental rights, he can't consent to you having custody of her. Only a parent with parental rights can do that.
The same goes for the mother. If she does not have parental rights, she cannot consent to giving you custody.
You don't have the authority to sign for her release. Being engaged does not give you any parental rights.
The only thing you can do is try to have the father's parental rights terminated.
Once you do that, you can apply to be the child's foster parent. However, I have to tell you that very few judges would give custody of a 14 year old to a 27 year old who claims to be engaged to her.
Her mother does not have the authority to consent for her since she doesn't have any parental rights.
If the father still has parental rights, she will have to go to him until those rights are terminated. If he is abusive toward her, a court could terminate his rights and she would go into foster care.
If she is threatening to harm herself, you should call the police and they can take her into psychiatric custody.
The choice is to report him Virginia CPS, who will investigate and decide whether or not to terminate his parental rights.
CPS can take emergency actions. They don't have to complete an investigation before they remove a child.
They can remove her while the investigation is still pending.
I don't think it is a set up. If they will let her, you can do it, but if the father challenges it and still has parental rights, you should expect to lose.
They can always probe if there are sexual acts going on. In fact, if you tell them that you are engaged to a 14 year old, you should expect them to investigate that.
If you haven't done anything with her, so be it, but you are leaving yourself wide open.
Yes. You should do that even if she isn't living with you.
That is what I would suggest you do.
You are running a very high risk of going to jail and being required to register as a sex offender if they believe you are having sexual relations with her, which would not be an abnormal assumption if you are engaged.
Just call CPS and let them deal with it. You should not put yourself at that kind of risk. You can contact CPS here:
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