Termination of Parental Rights

Termination of Parental Rights

Any person or agency that has a legitimate interest in the welfare of a child, including, but not limited to, a relative, a foster parent, a physician, the department or a private licensed child welfare agency, may file a petition for the termination of the parent-child relationship alleging any of the following grounds

  • Abandonment
  • Neglect or willful abuse
  • Mental illness, mental deficiency or a history of chronic abuse of dangerous drugs, controlled substances or alcohol.
  • Felony incarceration
  • Failure to file a paternity action
  • Failure to file a notice of claim of paternity
  • Relinquishment
  • Out-of-home placement
    • Nine months willful refusal to remedy
    • Six months willful refusal to remedy and the child is under the age of three
    • Fifteen months inability to remedy
  • Unknown parent
  • Prior termination within two proceeding years
  • Reunification and removal with 18 months

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