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Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption
  • AK0091
  • 978-1-57862-263-4

295+ pp.; 2nd ed., 2009

(includes 2012 supplement)

Compassion starts with the right questions

The voluntary termination of parental rights (VTPR) and the placement of children for adoption is a highly personal and sensitive legal proceeding. It requires experience, meticulous attention to detail, and compassion on the part of all professionals involved. It also requires asking the right questions so feelings are protected and rights are made clear.

Guidance found nowhere else


Whether you’re a lawyer, a judge, or a human service provider, you’ll find an extensive and essential script for VTPR and adoptive placement hearings, along with instructions for how to use the book and an overview of the law and procedure.

Practical tools for success


Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption gives you a practical guide to the VTPR process, based on author Judith Sperling-Newton’s own practice experiences. Inside you’ll find all the tools to make you successful and ease your clients through the process, including:

  • A checklist of questions that must be asked of birth and adoptive parents, with instructions on how to adapt the questions to specific situations
  • A checklist summarizing the responsibilities of the court, counsel, and agency workers
  • An overview of voluntary TPR and adoption law and practice, including statutory requirements
  • Appendices with numerous TPR and adoption forms and sample documents (see below)

Newly revised for 2009


As part of the newly revised second edition, all chapters now include individual-chapter-level tables of contents, which makes relevant subtopics in the book easier to find. The revision also includes summaries and analyses of recent legal developments, with updated or expanded discussions on numerous topics.

Summary of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Practice and Procedure
  3. General Information and Ascertainment of Paternity
  4. Nonappearing Birth Parent's TPR
  5. Independent Adoptive Placement
  6. Appearing Birth Parent's Consent to TPR
  7. TPR Checklist for the Court, Counsel, and Agency Worker

Helpful Appendices

  • Statutorily Presumed Conceptive Periods
  • Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. §§ 1901-1963
  • Guidelines for State Courts: Indian Child Custody Proceedings (Bureau of Indian Affairs), 44 Fed. Reg. 67,584 (1979)
  • Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, 50 U.S.C. app. § 520
  • Birth Mother's Statement of Rights, Responsibilities, and Options, and Voluntary Consent to Termination of Parental Rights
  • Birth Father's Statement of Rights, Responsibilities, and Options, and Voluntary Consent to Termination of Parental Rights
  • In the Interest of D.L.S., 112 Wis. 2d 180, 332 N.W.2d 293 (1983)
  • Petition for Termination of Parental Rights for Purpose of Adoption of Minor Stepchild
  • Petition for Adoption of Minor Stepchild
  • Order Terminating Parental Rights for Purpose of Adoption by Stepparent
  • Order for Adoption of Stepchild
  • Petition for Termination of Parental Rights
  • Petition for Approval of Adoptive Placement
  • Order Terminating Parental Rights
  • Order Approving Placement for Adoption

Everything you need in one source


Helping birth parents give up children for adoption is a challenging area of practice. It’s both a termination and a new beginning. With the help of Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights, you’ll have the understanding and knowledge to handle these proceedings with confidence and compassion.

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