My question involves adoption law for the State of: Arizona.
My step-daughter has been living with us for 5 years. Her bio mom lives in a different state and the court of Arizona has set guidelines for her to meet before she can gain visitation or any type of custody with her daughter (drug testing, parent classes, counseling) of which she has done none in five years. There is very little contact with mom, (she doesn't have a phone or changes her phone number, or doesn't have money for a calling card, etc.) and seems to only call on holidays for a few minutes. As a step-mom what has to happen for me to gain rights to my step-daughter? What are the options and possibilities? Can I adopt her? Does bio mom have to give up her rights completely? Is there such a thing of "sharing" custody with my husband and bio mom? I am not trying to replace her mom, I just want to be assured that I have a right to see her too if anything were to ever change with my husband or her mom. I have raised her, loved her, and have been the only "stable" person in her life. She's my daughter and see her as that; regardless of DNA. I DO realize that for now, I have no legal rights to her. ANY guidance or tips would be greatly appreciated! THANK YOU