In Law & Legal Issues
Is it legal to run away from your adopted gay parents in the state of Maine at 16 to live with your birth mother in Pennsylvania?
No, it is not legal. You would have to either have the gay parents relinquish rights orprove them to be unfit parents. Your birth mother gave up her legalrights when you were …adopted. Since you are already 16, you mightas well wait a couple years until you are a legal adult. The adoption papers I have seen included language along the linesof making it as though the the adoptive parents were the biologicalparents all along; which is truly best for giving the child's newrelationship the strongest bond. In your case,however, you might try to present a respectful andconvincing request with the adoptive parents to allow regularvisitation or telephone communication if you believe it is "in yourbest interest as a child". If they say no, a lawyer would likely consult with you for free,and put your request before a court for around $1500. Gay or not,your adoptive parents stepped up to raise you and are worthy ofyour respect and honor throughout the process. IF the birth motheris clean, sober, honest and mature, contacting her might do yourheart some good and add balance to your life. (MORE)