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Adoption Term Today - Termination of Parental Rights

Termination of Parental Rights

The overwhelming majority of adoptions require the voluntary or involuntary termination of the biological parental rights before the adoptive parents may formally and legally adopt a child. (If the birthparents are deceased and relatives have custody of the child, then the relatives may provide voluntary consent to an adoption, or, in some cases, a court may terminate their legal rights.)

In many cases, termination of parental rights is voluntary, and the birthparents willingly relinquish their parental rights by signing the appropriate consent forms. (The time frame during which birthparents can "change their mind" about adoption after signing consent forms varies greatly from state to state; however, after the adoption is finalized, it is extremely difficult to overturn an adoption.)

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