Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


D. Janell Pugh


parental rights, abuse, termination of rights


This paper defines what the law requires as grounds for the termination of parental rights. The state may decide it is in the child's best interest to terminate the rights of a parent of parents. In cases where abuse or neglect occurs and the child is in immediate danger, the child is removed from the home and placed in foster care.

If and when home situation is safe, the child is reunited with the family. When this cycle occurs again and again, and the children are repeatedly removed and reunited with their families, or in extreme cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or dependency, the courts may decide that it is in the child's best interest to sever ties with the family.

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