I need to know the law in OHconcerning child abandonment. I'm currently caring for a child who has been with me for almost 6 months now with no support from his mom. She has seen him 2 times for a couple hours each time. Can I file for custody of him because of child abandonment?
It depends on your relationship to the child and the situation at hand. Do you want to file for permanent custody of the child as in adoption? Then you would need to terminate the parental rights of the Mother AND the Father. If the child is what you deem to be neglected or abandoned then you may have to report that and he may have to "go through the system" to be placed with you. It really depends on all the facts and circumstances.
In Ohio a Neglected child includes any child who is abandoned by the child's parents, guardian, or custodian.
A child shall be presumed abandoned when the parents of the child have failed to visit or maintain contact with the child for more than 90 days, regardless of whether the parents resume contact with the child after that period of 90 days.
You do not have that here from what you have said. There is also emotional neglect, etc. You need to seek legal help with all this from an attorney in your area. Good luck.
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