Family Law Question

My 12 year old step daughter’s father lives in California and has been laid off from his job for a while. He has not been paying child support for a while now and my step daughter’s insurance is to be terminated soon. Also, my step daughter has expressed a little dispair because she feels left out since she does not have the same last name as her mother, me or my three children. After talking to a few of my friends about this, they suggested that I inquire about adopting her and assume financial responsibility of her. I know that I would have to get her father’s permission. But I was wondering if you knew of any on-line resources that could help us. Thank you!

An action for termination of parental rights in California would be necessary before you could adopt the child.