Understanding the Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights

November 30th, 2009

Sigining PapersIn the world of adoption lingo, Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) is a frequently discussed phrase. Unfortunately, as laws differ from state to state, understanding the process can be difficult. It's hard to research the topic in places like our forums as each individual adoption scenario will have its own unique outcome regarding the process of terminating the rights of a mother and father. I thought it would benefit you if we looked at the topic as it affects you and your child. In the simplest of terms, the Termination of Parental Rights is a legal process that severs the ties from the biological family and gives all parenting rights to the adoptive family. It gets more complex than that when you… [more]

Signing before Birth?

January 7th, 2008
Categories: Adoption Laws

In a recent post in the Hoping to Adopt blog, Faith discusses the fact that in a few states (Alabama, Hawaii, and Washington State) expectant mothers can sign relinquishment papers terminating her parental rights before birth. Although it is legal in those states, it is not required and that is something that you as an expectant mother considering adoption should be aware of. In Alabama, an expectant mother can sign relinquishment papers while she is pregnant but they must be signed and confirmed before a probate judge. Then has five days to withdraw the consent after the baby is born. In Hawaii, an expectant mother can sign relinquishment papers after the sixth month of pregnancy, but she has to sign a reaffirmation after… [more]

Laws different in every state

March 13th, 2006
Categories: Adoption Laws

Did you know that adoption law is state law? There is no set of federal guidelines for how relinquishments take place. The rules and procedures are different in every state. In some states, the papers you sign will be irrevocable; in others, you will have a certain amount of time (ranging anywhere from a few days to a year, depending on the state) to change your mind and reclaim your child. In some places, papers can be put in front of you immediately after the birth, while you are in your hospital bed, possibly still medicated and “out of it.” Other states recognize the seriousness of the final decision, and they won’t allow you to take this step in what is supposed to be a place… [more]