Termination of Parental Rights
Angela R. Sheets
Termination of parental rights may be a difficult subject for families to face. While difficult and emotional, termination of parental rights, at times, may be in the best interests of the child involved. A petition must be filed to begin the termination of parental rights process. In order to be successful, the petitioner must meet one of the statutory grounds for termination. The statutory grounds for termination of parental rights in North Carolina are numerous including, abuse or neglect of the juvenile, failure to pay for the support of the juvenile without justification, and the relinquishment of the juvenile to the department of social services for adoption. This list is not exhaustive, as there are numerous statutory grounds for termination of parental rights. Once a petitioner has established a statutory ground for termination of parental rights, the petitioner must show that termination of parental rights is in the best interest of the juvenile. Termination of parental rights effectively ends the parent child relationship and disposes of all rights and responsibilities of a parent to the juvenile. Termination of parental rights may be a necessary process for a family and, most importantly, a juvenile to move forward in the best interest of the child.