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Termination of Parental Rights Hearing

The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) has reissued Bulletin 3130-21-01, entitled “Appointment of Legal Counsel for a Child in a Contested Termination of Parental Rights Hearing.” This bulletin provides guidance on a Supreme Court decision regarding requirements for the appointment of legal counsel for a child in a contested Termination of Parental Rights hearing. Please replace the previous version you/your agency received on January 25, 2021 with the above version dated March 4, 2021.

The requirements outlined within this bulletin become effective immediately. Questions regarding this bulletin or requirements may be directed to your applicable OCYF Regional Office. If you have any other questions, please contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.