Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Children

For children in adoption proceedings where there is no prior termination of parental rights or relinquishment, D.C. Code § 16-316(b) provides that “The Court may appoint a guardian ad litem who is an attorney to represent the child in an adoption proceeding. The guardian ad litem shall in general be charged with the representation of the child’s best interest.”

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes