(2017) | Useful to Parent Centers and other family service organizations in understanding what’s involved legally in the involuntary termination of parental rights.

This updated publication from the Child Welfare Information Gateway reviews state laws that provide the legal reasons for terminating parental rights when the parent is found unfit to care and protect his or her children. Also discussed are the circumstances where the court may reinstate the parent’s rights, if convinced that termination may not serve the child’s best interests.

Law summaries for all States and U.S. territories are included. Data are current through December 2016.

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