My husband and I have 'had' my now 7 yr old blood niece since 12-25-04. My sister simply doesn't want to care for her. My mother was given temporary emergency custody in April 2004 and then the courts gave her back to my sister in September of 2004 after completing numerous things(parenting class, anger management, etc.) She decided she still didn't want to care for her so she brought her to 'stay' with us Christmas night 2004 and my niece hasn't left.
My sister wants us to raise her BUT doesn't want to let us adopt her. The birth father wants nothing to do with her. He hasn't seen her once in the 2yrs she has been with us.
Without dragging my niece through court custody battle and the tons of money spent what are our options if both parents are willing to let us keep her? Guardianship? Legal Custody?