Our former househelp's child has been living with us for 3 years now. He was just 1 year old when his mother (our former househelp) left him to our care to work in Manila. Now, my sister (who left for Norway 2 years ago) wanted to adopt the child so she could bring him to Norway, of course with the consent of the child's mother.
I just would like to ask the following:
1. how is the adoption process usually done (just an overview of the things that we should expect), and how long would it take before the child could be adopted?
2. would there be any problem considering that the child has no papers at all? he has no birth certificate, but there are records at the hospital. should the birth certificate come first before the child could be adopted?
I was asking because we don't know any lawyers, and we just want to know some things before we consult a lawyer. My sister is sort of suspicious of lawyers.