25-5A VOLUNTARY TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RELATIONS
VOLUNTARY TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RELATIONS
Definition of terms.
Purposes of termination procedure.
Parent entitled to petition for termination.
Waiting period for filing petition.
Circuit court jurisdiction--Venue.
Consent not invalidated by minority.
Medical and social history form required prior to termination--Filing--Copy available
to adoptive parent--Failure to comply does not void termination.
Rules and regulations adopted by department for securing medical and social history.
Violation of medical and social history provisions as misdemeanor involving moral
Time and place of hearing--Notice.
Service of notice in person or by publication--Time of service.
Service by publication and mail.
Private hearings--Opening to public.
Personal presence of parent required--Appearance by telephone--Power of attorney--Indian Child Welfare Act.
Hearings informal--Best interest of child.
Determination that petitioners know consequences.
Record of proceedings.
Order terminating parental rights--Consent to adoption--Child support arrearages.
Order conclusive--Appeal to supreme court.
Counseling before termination of parental rights.
Scope of counseling.
Written report of counseling--Copy to Department of Social Services.
Failure to receive counseling.
Termination of parental rights--Validated--Limitation on claims.
Voluntary delivery of child 60 days of age or younger--Actions to protect child
Delivery of unharmed child not a crime.
Termination of parental rights to delivered child.
Questions concerning child's medical history--No parental obligation to provide
No liability for entity accepting custody of delivered child.
Notification to Department of Social Services upon possession of child--Assumption
of care, custody and control of child--Investigation of parent restricted.
Provisions for custody action by nonrelinquishing parent.
Emergency medical services provider defined.
Parental rights termination hearing for voluntarily delivered child.
Due regard to be afforded Indian Child Welfare Act.