My question involves a child custody case from the State of: I am in New York, the child is in Illinois.
My 13 month old little brother is in foster care in Chicago and I would like to know what, if any, my options are for obtaining custody of him. Both of our parents have been convicted and are serving time for child abuse and various other charges. I am estranged from them and I know they would not give any sort of consent for me to care for my little brother, if that were a viable option, which it may not be with the severity of their convictions. I assume that their parental rights either have been or will soon be terminated. My worry is that my little brother will be adopted and I'll never see him again.
I am a 19 year old male. I'm making about $40k a year as a retail manager. I co-habitate with my 18 year old boyfriend. We're currently living in Manhattan. He is a student and does not work, but his family is supportive and well off. We have a spare room for my little brother. I would be interested in eventually adopting my little brother, but I'm aware this isn't a possibility until I'm 21. I would like to know what my options are in the mean time and what would be the best way to proceed. Thank you.