My question involves a child custody case from the State of: New Jersey.
My cousin (Mother) abandoned her child when he was 6 months ago (he is now nearly 2.5 years old). She has since had another child and lives with another man (not the same father as my cousin). The father sees his child once a week for a few hours. Neither pay child support. I have custody of the child and would like to follow through with adoption (the mother would fight me on, the father would not). The mother has never went to court for vistations, however I fear that she will eventually go back to court to regain custody. The child has a stable life with my husband and I, calls us both "mom" and "dad" and is not only financially secure with us but emotionally and physically too. The mother does not have a job and has dropped out of school and went back several times - still not completing her dimploma/GED. She has also been brought up on welfare fraud for collecting money after she abandoned the child. The father of her new child has bi-polar disorder and is a registered sex offender. The mother lives with her new boyfriends parents.
My question is: What would the process or likihood be of the Mother regaining custody?