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Answered 2007-06-27 17:32:36

First both parents would need to relinquish parental rights or have those rights terminated by the court. Judges prefer to place children in the custody of a qualified family member rather than in foster homes, grandparents, adult siblings, aunts, uncles are taken into consideration first. The state's department of social services does an extensive investigation of such situations and submits their findings and recommendations to the presiding judge of the family court. The judge makes custodial decisions based on what is best for the child and not the wishes of other persons involved.

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