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Q: 3rd parent adoption
Much like the question asked here (http://ask.familyequality.org/Forums/QA/familyequality_legal/Current/Q243.html) we're looking at a 3rd parent adoption option. We've been using temporary "Power of Attorney for Minor Children" forms every 6 months, but would prefer something more permanent. In Oregon, where we live, there has been a 3rd parent adoption (a stepfather adopting his wife kids without the bio-dad needing to terminate his parental rights) but that wasn't really our situation since the 3rd parent in this case isn't legally married to either bio-parent. Any idea what we should do or who we should contact?
A: Response from Will Halm
You should contact an attorney in Oregon, and we would recommend:
Susan Moffet, Esq. Dexter & Moffet Integrity Building 25260 SW Parkway Ave. Suite C Wilsonville, OR 97070 firstname.lastname@example.org 503-582-9010
I know you are looking forward to a more straightforward solution. We wish you the best of luck.
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