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In Ohio can a mother freely sign over custody to paternal grandmother if the child was placed in children services? The mother of my grandson would like me to have custody. The father (my son) is in prison and his name was not put on birth certificate.

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No. She is talking to one tomorrow. She wishes she had done it prior to children services getting involved.

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No just if she as a mother has the right to freely sign over custody to me if the child is in children services?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I understand that it must go through the courts. Can the courts deny her the request? I was given custody of the baby 4 months ago by children services. I have been a foster parent and even an adoption of another grandson 14 years ago. I have no record of any sort. And although my son was not named as father, does he have to make a statement in support of her decision?

Certainly. The courts only care about what is in the best interests of the child; the concern is not about the mother or the grandmother. If the court finds that this is in the best interests of the child, they will approve the request.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you. I already know that they will deny the change of custody due to a personal matter with the judge when I adopted the other grandson. I went before the Health and Welfare committee in 2008 and a portion of the adoption law was changed to my recommendation. I was denied adoption again, fired the attorney and filed my own appeal and won. It was put back in the judge's court where I represented myself pro se and he had to complete the adoption. Again thank you.

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