I live in Louisiana. My granddaughter was placed in state custody in october of 2010, in november of 2010 she was place in our custody (paternal grandparents) until permanent placement could be determined. In June of 2011 the court determined the permanent plan for her was relative placement and we were given legal custody. As of today neither biological parent has made contact nor paid support. I would like to know if after this amount of time have their parental rights been terminated and can I proceed with adoption without contacting them?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Their parental rights probably have not been terminated, because the state almost never does that unless someone is primed to adopt.
You probably need a family law attorney anyway for the adoption. (S)he can check the records and verify whatever needs doing, including instituting termination proceedings.