And if she had wanted to give up custody that would've worked. Apparently she didn't or hadn't yet decided. We don't know and we can't determine which situation would be the best for HR's child.
I am not sure about Ohio, the following is based on my own experience between 2012 and 2016 in Wisconsin (& Michigan).
My daughters biological father is, putting it nicely, a loser. In 2012 when I had finally had enough of being abused by him, I kicked him out and got a lawyer. My daughter was 9 months old at that time. My parents have money, and spoke with my lawyer, asking if we could offer bio father $$$$$$ to sign over his rights. (He did not have money, or a conscious, so it would be appealing to him). Lawyer said no because **in order for a parents rights to be terminated, there has to be another parent to adopt and take that parents place.** We asked if my dad could adopt her; lawyer said no, only way that'd be possible is if I terminated my rights, too, and both my parents adopted her. We asked if it would be different in Michigan (i lived in Wisconsin; my parents in Michigan); again were told no.
Fast forward to February 2016. I got married in 2015. Bio father has now 5 year old daughter for his first overnight in over 6 months. The next day she is brought back to us, with a broken leg. He refuses to give any info on how this May have happened, and also did not take her to a doctor. My husband and I take her to the doctor to find her leg is in face broken. I call my lawyer, and we begin the process of having his rights terminated (this is far from the first incident with bio father). About April he realizes how much this 'fight' will cost him, and decides he wants to voluntarily sign over his rights. Legal proceedings take time. Also have to have been married to my husband 1 year. Many interviews with social workers etc. August 2016, the court terminated bio fathers parental rights via Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) hearing, and immediately following, was the adoption hearing. However the judge did not sign off on the TPR until the adoption hearing was finished in order to insure that my daughter had Both a legal mother and father before termination of bio fathers rights.
JW & his dad may not have know the legal side of this, but imo it is pretty stupid of them to have approached HR about signing over her rights before checking into the legal process. A real shame.
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