ICA Says No Partial Termination of Parental Rights

Indiana law doesn’t allow for partial termination of parental rights, the state’s Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. In an October 31, 2008 article in the Indiana Lawyer, staff writer Michael Hoskins reports on the matter of Tiffany Black v. Howard County Department of Child Services, No. 34A02-0805-JV-437. The appellate court has upheld a Howard County judge’s two-fold decision to first approve a voluntary parental-right termination agreement reserving a right for post-adoptive visitation privileges, and subsequently denying to set aside a later decision to terminate that visitation. Although the trial court didn’t abuse its descretion in this case, the panel expressed serious concerns with what happened and noted it could present problems in the future. To read the court’s decision, select the following link:
Parental_Rights_Termination.pdf