TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

Termination Of Parental Rights

In what ways is it possible for me to lose my parental rights? It is possible, but only under certain circumstances and when such issue is brought forward by an interested party. When an interested party files for a termination of your parental rights they must show evidence of one of the following:

  • That you abandoned the child;
  • That you neglected or willingly abused the child;
  • That you are unable to discharge parental disabilities your self do to mental illness, deficiency or chronic abuse of drugs, controlled substances or alcohol.
  • That you have been convicted of a felony of a nature as to prove your unfitness as a parent;
  • That the father/potential father failed to file proper paternity claims and notices;
  • That you relinquished your rights to your child to an agency or if you consented to an adoption;
  • That your child has been in an out-of-home placement being supervised by the juvenile court, the division or a licensed child welfare agency, that the agency has made diligent efforts to provide appropriate unification and either:
    • Your child has been in an out-of-home placement for a total of at least nine months and you refused to remedy the circumstances;
    • Your child has been in an out-of-home placement for a total of at least six months and you have neglected or refused to remedy the circumstances;
    • Your child has been in an out-of-home placement for a total of at least fifteen months and you have been unable to remedy the circumstances.
  • That you were unable to be identified as the child’s parent for three months; and
  • That it can be shown that 1. The child was in an out-of-home placement pursuant to a court order, 2. The agency that’s care the child was in made diligent efforts at reunification, 3. The child was returned to the parent’s custody by court order, 4. Within eighteen months after the child was returned, the child is being cared for in an out-of-home placement.

Parental rights issues are of high consequence, if you are going through one or believe that it could be something you have to face in the future, seek counsel of an attorney who is qualified to guide you through the process can help avoid unnecessary consequences.