Right to counsel

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

Minnesota provides a parent in adoption proceedings who is also a minor the “opportunity to consult with an attorney,” which shall be at the county’s expense if that parent is indigent. Minn. Stat. § 259.24, subd. 2 (2008).  


Minn. Stat. § 259.52, subd. 12 provides a right to counsel for adoption-related parentage proceedings initiated by a putative father on an adoption registry.


Minn. R. Adopt. Proc. 23.07 provides a right to appointed counsel to parents or custodians of Indian children in any removal, placement, or termination proceedings related to adoption, and provides a discretionary appointment process for Indian children themselves.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes