I am new to this group, but have encountered a big problem in regards to second parent adoption. My partner and I were married in Canada in 2006. I live in Ohio-thus am not able to obtain Second Parent Adoption through the Ohio court system. My partner and I have three children. My partner also has Multiple Sclerosis and on SSI-she cannot get life insurance due to her disease-pre-existing condition. We both are educated and I am in a profession that allows us to financial secure-the issue is that two of the children would not be entitled to any benefits that should be innate due to my partner being a parent to all three children, but without the second parent adoption-there are no federal rights. I have spoken to local attorneys and have been advised that-in regards to second parent adoption-we have no options in the state of Ohio. There are other things that we can do to attempt to protect our rights to our children, but second parent adoption is no attainable in Ohio, so we have other things in place as a backup-but we need the second parent adoption to ensure our rights.
Due to the medical issues, we are not in a position to move to another state that offers second parent adoption in the near future, although it is a long term plan. So, my question is-are there any states that have a short residency requirement for second parent adoption? I could rent an apartment in another state if needed-we could have two residences-or is there a possibility of using a PO box.? I am pretty sure that there are no other options unless we reside in a state that grants second parent adoption for longer than 6 months, but I wanted to see if there were any "last ditch" options....Thanks for any information that you can provide :)