Before children are legally free to be adopted, their birth parents' rights must be terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Courts and judges make decisions about terminating parental rights based on State laws. The resources in this section include State and local examples.
3 Legal Options to Consider When Facing Termination of Parental Rights
Provides information for parents on their legal options when faced with termination of parental rights. The article discusses a suspended judgment that a judge can grant when they think it is in the best interests of a child, a conditional surrender, and a parent's option to go to trial.
Court Hearings for the Permanent Placement of Children
Reasonable Efforts to Preserve or Reunify Families and Achieve Permanency for Children
Termination of Birth Parent Rights
Outlines the differences between voluntary and involuntary termination of parental rights preceding adoption as well as related laws.
State and local examples
Terminating Parental Rights – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Provides information about the termination of parental rights in Texas, including how to begin the process, hiring a lawyer, and the best interests of the child.
Termination of Parental Rights
Alaska Youth Law Guide
Explains termination of parental rights in Alaska, why parental rights might be terminated, and how they are terminated and provides related information for teens and young adults.
What Are the Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights?
The Mississippi Bar
Reviews the termination of parental rights in Mississippi, including how rights are terminated, considerations of the child's interests, and how courts make the decision to terminate parental rights.