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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

Kan. Stat. § 38-2205 specifies that for all "proceedings under [the child in need of care] code" (which would include termination of parental rights:


Upon the filing of a petition, the court shall appoint an attorney to serve as guardian ad litem for a child who is the subject of proceedings under this code. The guardian ad litem shall make an independent investigation of the facts upon which the petition is based and shall appear for and represent the best interests of the child. When the child's position is not consistent with the determination of the guardian ad litem as to the child's best interests, the guardian ad litem shall inform the court of the disagreement. The guardian ad litem or the child may request the court to appoint a second attorney to serve as attorney for the child, and the court, on good cause shown, may appoint such second attorney. The attorney for the child shall allow the child and the guardian ad litem to communicate with one another but may require such communications to occur in the attorney's presence.


See also Kansas Supreme Court Administrative Order 100,4 which specifies that "If the child disagrees with the guardian ad litem's recommendations, the guardian ad litem must inform the court of the disagreement. The court may, on good cause shown, appoint an attorney to represent the child's expressed wishes. If the court appoints an attorney for the child, that individual serves in addition to the guardian ad litem. The attorney must allow the child and the guardian ad litem to communicate with one another but may require such communications to occur in the attorney's presence."

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no