Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights

Authored By: Children's Bureau


Termination may be voluntary or involuntary. Birth parents who wish to place their children for adoption may voluntarily relinquish their rights.When addressing whether parental rights should be terminated involuntarily, most States require that a court determine is unfit and severing the parent-child relationship is in the child’s best interests.


Download this booklet containing information about grounds for termination in every state including statutory references at this link.

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Last Review and Update: Jan 31, 2020

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