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What Is A Relinquishment of Parental Rights?

Posted by Hannah Talley on Feb 8, 2019 12:22:00 PM
Hannah Talley

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What Is A Relinquishment of Parental Rights?

What Does It Mean To Relinquish My Baby?

If you look up the word relinquish in the dictionary, it'll say this, "voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up. Relinquishment is doing just that in regards to one's parental rights to raise a child. It's the legal process of one parent ending their rights to parent a child so another parent can legally have them. This happens for every adoption.

A birth mother who makes an adoption plan must relinquish her rights to parent the child so the adoptive parents can have the right. This is a voluntary process, meaning no one forces the birth mother to sign this document regardless of her age. It's a decision she makes for herself.

As a birth parent caseworker, I've seen a lot of relinquishments.  Not only do I help facilitate their relinquishment, but there's emotional support for my client and I help make sure that she understands the documents she's about to sign. Ultimately, it's a very selfless and sacrificial decision made to give their child a better life than they themselves could provide.

Gladney believes that good things can come from difficult situations. And adoption is one of those good things. We are here to help provide the best care possible for parents and children.  If you need help contact us today on our website, text or call us at 800-452-3639.

Topics: Adoption, Definitions, Adoption Education

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