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Termination of Parental Rights: A Handbook for Parents


Following is a text version of Termination of Parental Rights. For information about ordering the printed version, visit the publications page, e-mail , or contact Legal Services of New Jersey at 732-572-9100.

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  • A. Introduction

  • B. What Do Parents Need to Know About Termination of Parental Rights?

  • C. What Does Termination of Parental Rights Mean?

  • D. How Did You Become Involved With DYFS?

  • E. Who Are the Parties and the Lawyers in Your Case?

  • F. What Are the Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights?

  • G. What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities?

  • H. What Options Do You Have?

  • I. What Will Happen When You Go to Court?

  • J. What Happens at the Trial?

  • K. Will You Have Contact With Your Children After Termination of Parental Rights?

  • L. How Can You Make the Best Use of Your Lawyer?

  • M. Conclusion

  • N. Glossary

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