Termination of Parental Rights

Termination of parental rights is a court order that permanently ends a legal parent-child relationship. Sometimes a parent has decided that it would be better for his or her child to be raised by someone else. But sometimes the termination of parental rights is NOT voluntary.

This section gives you basic information about how the termination of parental rights works in California when it is not voluntary. It will help you understand what steps you have to take to get to the court hearing.

In this section you will find information about:

It will help you understand what to do if:

This section also has answers for your Frequently Asked Questions about the termination of parental rights, and information about the forms you will need for your case.

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