Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Termination of Parental Rights

Termination of Parental Rights

Before a child may be adopted, the natural parents of the child must be terminated. In order to terminate the parental rights of a natural parent, the court must find good cause. This can either be based upon consent (the parent agrees to allow his or her rights to be terminated), parental abandonment, or unfitness of the parent.


If a parent agrees that his or her rights should be terminated, the court will generally do so. If a parent has not had contact with the child for one year or more, the court can terminate based upon abandonment. Also, if the parent has committed a felony which endangered the child, the court may terminate parental rights.

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