In order for someone’s parental rights to be terminated they must first have parental rights to a child, or at least have the potential to have parental rights to a child in the case of a “putative” father. A “putative” father is someone who has been identified by the mother as the father of a child, or who has registered himself as a possible father, but for whom paternity has not yet been legally established.
Topics covered in this report include:
- Who Has Legal Rights to a Child?
- Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights
- Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
- Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights