I am a US Marine who has served his country with great pride. I am new at asking for help so please bear with me. I am a proud man who has never asked anyone for a dime. But, like my wife told me I need to put my pride aside in interest of my family.
With that said, my wife and I have been together for three years. We were dating longer than that. My wife brought her daughter, 6 year old Kristina in to our marriage. This little girl is very loving, adorable and I love her like my biological children, for which I have 4.
I am the only daddy she knows due to her biological dad leaving when she was very little. I have already started the adoption process. Unfortunately I am not educated enough in the state Statues regarding this matter. I was not prepared in court and my emotions got the best of me. I was told by the court I should hire an attorney. My family is like most, living paycheck to paycheck.
We simply don’t have the $5000 to retain an attorney. Like I said in the beginning I’m a US Marine. With that I ended up with issues that were both physical and emotional. I ended up having both knees operated on. Doctors over prescribed opiate painkillers.
Got addicted. This was my hang up in court. I’ve been clean for 4 years. The court thinks 4 years of complete sobriety isn’t enough. With both my doctor and counselor saying this would be good for me the judge thought he knows best. Take to account I’m the only daddy this little girl knows, I support her and take care of her.
I have never wanted anything as bad as I want to adopt this child! My thinking is, if my doctors and counselors think this should happen, and they’re the experts, why can’t it?
Apparently the court system is more about law and statutes on this issue than love and compassion, then what is in the child’s best interest. So I was told to get an attorney. I ask anyone out there, please help my family. I thank everyone who helps, and those who don’t and just reads our family’s story.
God bless all of you.