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Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption
  • AK0091
  • 978-1-57862-492-8

346+ pp.; 3rd ed., 2017
(Includes 2018-1019 Supplement)

New title expands scope

Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption (formerly titled Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption) now includes information on both involuntary and voluntary termination of parental rights (TPR).
TPR 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.

Whether you’re a lawyer, a judge, or a human service provider, this book gives you access to insights found nowhere else, such as:

  • An overview of the law and procedure
  • An extensive script for TPR and adoptive placement hearings

Practical tools for success

Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption has all the tools to make you successful and ease your clients through this emotional process, including:

  • An overview of voluntary TPR and adoption law and practice, including statutory requirements
  • An expanded chapter covering the involuntary TPR process
  • Discussion on proper procedures in involuntary TPR cases, including clarification of when similar procedures apply to both voluntary and involuntary situations
  • Questions to ask 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
  • Guidelines concerning the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Appendices with forms and sample documents, including a reprint of the text of the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act (WICWA)

Includes the latest changes

The 2018-2019 supplement incorporates a number of important legal developments such as:

  • The Wisconsin Legislature’s creation of a new time period for showing evidence that a parent will not meet conditions for safe return of the child after a TPR fact-finding hearing
  • Legislative amendments extending discovery rules to TPR and adoption cases
  • Amendments to the Wisconsin Rules of Appellate Procedure requiring appellants to sign the notice of appeal in TPR cases

In addition, sample forms have been reformatted to comply with e-filing requirements, including the new format for documents requiring a court official’s signature.

Summary of contents

  • Introduction
  • Practice and Procedure
  • General Information and Ascertainment of Paternity
  • Nonappearing Birth Parent's TPR
  • Independent Adoptive Placement
  • Appearing Birth Parent's Consent to TPR
  • TPR Checklist for the Court, Counsel, and Agency Worker

Helpful Appendices

  • Statutorily Presumed Conceptive Periods
  • Indian Child Welfare Act and Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
  • 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
  • T.M.F. v. Children’s Serv. Soc’y of Wis. (In the Interest of D.L.S.)

Set the stage for success

The legal specialty of termination of parental rights and adoption is a challenging and satisfying area of practice. If the proceedings are handled competently and with compassion, all the parties involved can leave the courthouse feeling that their needs have been met. You can depend on Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption to provide the support and guidance you need for these unique cases.

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