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Author Topic: HIV Positive, I'm adopting... Meeting Resistance.  (Read 2348 times)

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Offline engineergirl

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HIV Positive, I'm adopting... Meeting Resistance.
« on: March 27, 2012, 05:50:47 PM »
It's a mess.

My name is Amanda Brown, some of you here know me... some don't.  Hi!

I've found myself in quite the legal battle.

Biological mother (I co-habitated with the Biological Mother's mother, just another reason to legalize gay civil union's, we raised the baby together after the kids couldn't) would like me to adopt her daughter (child has been in my custody since 01/20/2012), father was initially absent but appeared at the guardianship hearing and contested the guardianship and filed for full physical/legal custody of the minor, he is unfit. Originally his immediate family did not have an issue with the child in my custody until they were urged to reconsider after disclosure of my HIV status and Sexual Orientation (Lesbian) from an individual whom I filed a civil stalking injunction on today, an individual who is not an interested party, and individual who printed up papers from my blog and distributed them to interested parties...

I make more money than most legal aid services will allow for free legal aid/representation. I have spoken with three different attorney's who all want $5,000.00 to put towards the retainer. I don't have $5,000.00. I set up a facebook page to raise money for the child. Will you take a look at her facebook page and "Like" it, then share it... I'm trying to spread the word.

For more information on this story, you can check out my blog:

http://www.hivpositivelypositive.org/#!about-me/blog

Looking forward to hearing from you...
« Last Edit: March 27, 2012, 05:56:35 PM by amandaj.brown »
amanda j.
Currently 28 weeks pregnant with a little boy...

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: HIV Positive, I'm adopting... Meeting Resistance.
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2012, 06:29:15 PM »
I feel for you and I hope this goes well for you, but adopting a child against a biological parent's (read: the father's) wishes is going to be an almost impossible battle, even if he is deemed unfit he will probably have some leverage in who he would favor to raise his child.

Offline Tim Horn

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Re: HIV Positive, I'm adopting... Meeting Resistance.
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2012, 10:01:35 PM »
I feel for you and I hope this goes well for you, but adopting a child against a biological parent's (read: the father's) wishes is going to be an almost impossible battle, even if he is deemed unfit he will probably have some leverage in who he would favor to raise his child.

Sorry, Hellraiser, but you've posted in a forum limited to women living with HIV. I'll let this message stand, but please be mindful of this in the future.

Offline idee

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Re: HIV Positive, I'm adopting... Meeting Resistance.
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012, 09:30:47 PM »
I read your blog and my 14 year old daughter read it... she is still liking the message of "if it's wet and not yours...
She also really liked your explanation of HIV infection.
I had her when I was positive and she is negative.
I hope everything happens for you.

Offline engineergirl

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Re: HIV Positive, I'm adopting... Meeting Resistance.
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 11:43:05 PM »
Thanks for your reply... I appreciate it.

I have hope that everything will work out the way it should.
amanda j.
Currently 28 weeks pregnant with a little boy...

Offline engineergirl

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Re: HIV Positive, I'm adopting... Meeting Resistance.
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012, 05:06:58 PM »
I Won!
amanda j.
Currently 28 weeks pregnant with a little boy...

Offline emeraldize

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Re: HIV Positive, I'm adopting... Meeting Resistance.
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2012, 11:31:12 PM »
congratulations amanda

this is wonderful news!!

 


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