Terminating parental rights: State policies vary widely

-THE AKRON LEGAL NEWS, 30 MAY 2016, FEAT. CHRISTOPHER CHURCH, CHILDREN’S LAW CENTER:

For child-welfare agencies across the United States, it’s the ultimate sanction: terminating the rights of parents to raise their own children due to concerns about abuse and neglect.

All states resort to this step when deemed necessary for a child’s well-being, but there are wide state-to-state disparities in the rate of terminations and the extent of support services to avoid foster care placements. According to federal data, some states terminate parental rights at a rate 25 times higher than states at the low end of the scale. <Read More>