A man, J, finds a baby boy abandoned out in the woods in Colorado (perhaps a small town in the Colorado Springs area, not sure yet). The boy is a few months old and healthy. J looks around for the mother but can’t find anyone in the vicinity. He doesn’t look long, however, since he has a crying baby to take care of (the baby was actually placed there by more fantastical means, so there is no mother around, but that ‘how’ is unimportant.)
J brings the baby back to the ranch where he lives with his elderly parents. His first reaction is to get in contact with the police regarding the child and “missing” mother. Now, being out in the “boonies” so to speak, with the closest small town being about 20 minutes away by truck, I was wondering a few things:
1) Would he even consider 911 an option? Or would he call the local (relatively speaking) sheriff/police first? If he could/did use 911, would that direct the call to the closest big town, like Colorado Springs?
2) When he does get in touch with the authorities, would it be correct to assume that someone from Child Protective Services would be called? What sort of priority would a case like this take? Based on that question, how long would the arrival of the CPS official be delayed? A few hours or a few days? (The event happens in the afternoon.) Also, would the police at the scene take the baby or leave him with the family that found him as they wait for the CPS?
3) I’m curious about how much of the legalities could be set aside in such a rural area. I’m assuming they would go by the book though, but then again my “rural living” experience was just visiting relatives.
After the police and CPS have come and all procedures are followed, J decides that he wants to take in the abandoned child. So…
4) How likely would it be that he’d get the chance to adopt the child? This is just at first glance, without knowing his background. Would the CPS official tell him he had a chance or plainly say “no way”?
Now, let’s say he has a chance. The only problem is that J is single, lives with his parents, and had served time two years ago for assault.
5) How much would these points affect his ability to adopt?
6) Would it be best for his parents to try to adopt the boy instead, since they are married, well-established, and respected in their community? Would there be any way J could get legal custody in the future, or would it be a lost cause?
7) How long would the adoption proceedings take in either case?
8) The baby boy is deaf. What sort of influence will this have on the adoption? (This fact is only discovered during the adoption proceedings. There was no way to know before…) The family in questions has had no experience with the Deaf before.
I’m sorry that there are so many questions, but I feel a lot of the answers here come from experience more than internet research… Trust me, I’ve poked around and can’t really find the specifics I want.
I think I rambled enough, but if you need any more details let me know…
Thank you to everyone who replied! Although the facts might not fit the story, that doesn't mean I can't make the story fit the facts. So thanks for all the info and suggestions. Now I can ponder and scheme out this plot point while properly informed. :)