My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Texasl
I am in the process of adopting my 7 yr old step daughter. To sum up our situation in the shortest way possible, her bio mother left the state the last day we went to court with was in May of 2008. She didn't even call or tell us she was leaving. She first tried to contact us about 9 months later. We got our lawyer to start the adoption process because we feel that the mother is very unstable and shouldn't have just left her child for no reason at all. During all this time the child has been able to see her maternal grandmother. However, the one thing we asked was that she not take her around her mother until after we went to court. She agreed saying that her own daughter was "crazy and needed intense psychological counseling before she should see her daughter." Last Saturday night the child finally broke down and told me and her father she has been seeing her mom but that her grandmother and mother told her not to tell us. When the grandmother was confronted she called my stepdaughter a liar to her face. My stepdaughter is very upset by this and no longer wants to be around "those liars" anymore. We are about to go to court I hope in February. Is it possible to terminate both the mother's and grandmother's rights, and should we? We have been trying to teach her that lying is not good and families don't keep secrets, but for months her mother and grandmother have been teaching her the complete oposite. She has finally begun to see the type of people they are. What should we do legally about this?