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I'm hesitant to post this question but I really wanted to know some ideas about the adoption.

I am under K1/k2 petition, and my f want to adopt my Son once we get married. But in my case my K2 is acknowledge by his father though we're not married. I did some research and read I need the consent of his father. Anyone here did this same case before? I just want to know if I need to wait the time we will file the adoption before I can ask consent to my son's father ? or is it ok and legal to do this while I am here in Philippines and just make it notarized? I hope I can get some comments regarding this issue. TIA

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So have you raised this issue with your son's father?

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
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POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

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OP,

Forgive me if I'm not understanding you clearly.

Will the adoption be undertaken in the US or the Philippines? The rules and requirements can vary from state to state. I'm unable to comment on what the requirements are if an adoption is to be undertaken while in the Philippines.

Yes, you are correct, the consent of the father is required.

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OP,

Forgive me if I'm not understanding you clearly.

Will the adoption be undertaken in the US or the Philippines? The rules and requirements can vary from state to state. I'm unable to comment on what the requirements are if an adoption is to be undertaken while in the Philippines.

Yes, you are correct, the consent of the father is required.

Not true! It happens all the time when it is in the best interest of the child. It goes faster if the father agrees but that is not required.

I suggest you wait for adoption until you both are in the US and get settled in a new life before that next step. There are also residence requirements for the step child which vary state to state.

Search for Step-Parent adoption in your county/state for guidelines.


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Not true! It happens all the time when it is in the best interest of the child. It goes faster if the father agrees but that is not required.

I suggest you wait for adoption until you both are in the US and get settled in a new life before that next step. There are also residence requirements for the step child which vary state to state.

Search for Step-Parent adoption in your county/state for guidelines.

Agree with you regards searching for Step-Parent adoption in your county/state for guidelines" (I already mentioned that to the OP when I said "The rules and requirements can vary from state to state".

In the absence of more information from the OP, of course there are variables that could affect the process. I don't know the requirements in your state, but I do know the ones in my state and county and yes, consent of the father is required in almost every case.

The OP didn't say whether the adoption was to take place in the US or Philippines which is why I inquired. I'm pretty sure the requirements would be different.

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I would suggest u to do more readings and research about step parent adoption. I thought agencies that u can get adoption papers are just that easy as they seem to be. After months of reading and researching,,we ended up hiring a lawyer for my 2 kids adoption. Some states requires a lawyer and residency. We officially filed our paper work in the court with of course a lawyer (Bunch of paperworks) last Sept. 27 and were just waiting for the final hearing next week. I will definetely post an update once were done with this process for my fellow pinays.the fathers consent is the number 1 requirement before u can go to the next step.

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I would suggest u to do more readings and research about step parent adoption. I thought agencies that u can get adoption papers are just that easy as they seem to be. After months of reading and researching,,we ended up hiring a lawyer for my 2 kids adoption. Some states requires a lawyer and residency. We officially filed our paper work in the court with of course a lawyer (Bunch of paperworks) last Sept. 27 and were just waiting for the final hearing next week. I will definetely post an update once were done with this process for my fellow pinays.the fathers consent is the number 1 requirement before u can go to the next step.

As I said above, it is not really true as it varies state to state and circumstances.

For instance, what if parent is dead? What if parent can not be located? What if parent has had no involvement for 10 years? What if parent is a child molester?

In the end, it is a judge that determines what is in the best interest of the child once the court is petitioned.

With that said, it is easiest and/or fastest if the father agrees but it is NOT a requirement in most states!

Look up "termination of parental rights" and/or step parent adoption in your state...


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For the record, I am not a lawyer nor have I stayed at a holiday Inn recently BUT I have been briefed by a licensed professional in my state regarding my active petition that is in line with my posit.

for a quick dated read, Google says read over the below link which Expired about 18 months ago but for an example check out the following summary and look for your state......

https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/groundtermin.pdf


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