It is important to know that before you decide to adopt a child, there must be identification of paternity then termination of the rights of both parents, unless it is a step-parent adoption.
A voluntary termination requires an affidavit of relinquishment and a court termination order signed by the parent terminating their legal rights is necessary before an adoption can occur.
If involuntary termination is necessary a case can be filed. There is a long statutory list of possible grounds a parent’s rights can be terminated. Nevertheless, involuntary termination is very difficult to accomplish. As it should be. Our United States Supreme Court has held that a parent’s rights are important and taking those rights away or limited those rights should be difficult and rare.
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