I have a Goddaughter who is 2 1/2 years old, she is the most loving, polite, awesome little girl and I love her to the end of the world. When she was born I stayed with her for her first week, I got up with her in the middle of the night, I fed her, I changed her, I comforted her when she cried. Since she was born I have made it a point to be in her life no matter what. She stays with me often, and is to the point that anytime she sees me she gets her little shoes on, gets her diper bag and goes and sits in her car seat. Her mother and I have grown apart so much, and the only reason that I still talk to her mom is to keep in contact with my godbaby. I have watched her mom spiral out of control with her party lifestyle. I have also watched how this lifestyle has affected her as a mother. She has a hard time holding a job, shows up late, works part time sometimes only 4 hours a week. She jumps from man to man in order to have a place to live. She refuses to get professional help from the state claiming that they will not help her. She battles a drug and alcohol addiction that is just awful. She would rather spend her last 40 dollars on boose or drugs then on food. I have had to buy groceries for her and the baby on multiple occasions. I also provide a lot of the baby's clothes and toys being that her mother claims that she doesn't have the money for any of that. Yet, her mother refuses to get a real job, a place to live, get clean, ect. Her mother met with me and my mom 2 days ago for dinner, she didn't eat but was sure to have a few beers. While we were there she starts to tell my mom and I about how she doesn't like how her new boyfriend is mean to her daughter, that she caught her boyfriend sleeping naked with his 9yr old daughter, and that the baby has "Vaginitis" and green stuff is coming out of the baby's privets. She claims that she took both of the girls to the doctor and was told that there was no sign of sexual abuse and supposedly got some cream for the baby. She continued to tell us about how she and the new boyfriend fight about how to raise the baby, and that she has lightened up on hitting the baby, and shouting at her. She also goes on to tell us that he doesn't see the harm in undressing and dressing his daughter in her sleep. My mother and I explain that this is not normal behavior and that she needs to get her and the baby out of the situation. I gave her a pamphlet for the local Citizens Against Domestic Violence center and she says that she will call, but then back tracks and says that her boyfriend really is not that bad and things are getting better.
So here is my question, knowing these things, and being the Godmother, what are my rights? I know that this sitution is not healthy for any child. I want to get temporary custody of my Godbaby so that I know that she is safe. I would like to see her mother get her life straight and provide a safe and healthy environment for the child, but I feel that at this current time she is not willing to do that. What would I need to do to gain the temp. custody or guardianship? I have a stable job, and I am building my career, I have a stable place to live, I pay my bills. What are the things that the court will need to see to prove that I would be a good canidate for helping this little one out? Please help. Thanks