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I have been raising my Godson for 2 1/2 years with a notarized copy of temporary guardianship with an open date, She is going to prison for possibly 10+ years. I need to know what to do legally to continue to raise him and provide for his needs such as insurance and so forth. I am pretty sure mom will sign whatever we need.
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There are two options:

1) Continue using a Power of Attorney for Minor (which I believe you have), which is lawful but the parent can end it at her discretion and also some third parties can refuse to recognize this, or

2) File a Petition for Suit of Parent Child Relationship and ask the Court for formal conservatorship (custody) of the child based on the fact that the child has been living with you for 6+ months. If the mother agrees, then this should not be an issue and the Court will order a home study which - once okay'd - will be used by the Court to grant the petition and give you formal court-ordered custody.

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