Amend the Affidavit of Parentage
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We have had two babies born into our family over the last five years by the same drug addicted mother. Both times she was able to convince men that they were the biological fathers and had them sign an affidavit of parentage. If you are not familiar with that form, it allows men to sign as the father without having to prove paternity. Drug addicts will often choose men that they feel will let them in and out of their children's lives while they continue to use. The mother has lost rights to both children after she abandoned them, which gives 100% custody to these men.
The affidavit of parentage binds the hands of the biological family members who are trying to foster/adopt these innocent babies and give them a chance at life. A few years ago, my family tried to adopt the first child after proving the "father" was not biologically his after he completed a paternity test. My family lost because of the affidavit of parentage, even though the judge stated that the child would be better off with us, but his hands were tied. .
The second baby is currently being fostered by my family and is only a few weeks old. CPS allowed the mother and this guy to sign the affidavit of parentage a week after the baby was born, while both under the influence of heroin, crack and cocaine. He is currently in rehab and has a year to get sober and can get this baby back, even if he is not her biological father.
We need to amend the current document to force the identified father to prove paternity before he can sign. This way, the mother cannot cherry pick who she wants the father to be in hopes that she can come in and out of the child's life, especially after she loses her rights. And in our circumstances, the men are willing to take the babies to receive benefits from the state while their family members or friends raise the child.
Please sign this petition to help make a change. This is going to continue to happen more and more unless we stand up and stop it now.
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