Right to counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Birth Parents

Under the Illinois Juvenile Courts Act, which covers dependency and termination of parental rights, indigent “parents, guardian, legal custodian or responsible relative who are parties respondent” must be appointed counsel if indigent.  705 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 405/1-5(1).  See also In re Adoption of L.T.M., 824 N.E.2d 221, 230 (Ill. 2005).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no