Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Indigent parents have a right to counsel in abuse/neglect proceedings, pursuant to R.C. § 2151.352.


R.C. § 2151.353(B) (which governs abuse/neglect proceedings) clarifies that "[n]o order for permanent custody or temporary custody of a child or the placement of a child in a planned permanent living arrangement shall be made pursuant to this section unless ... the summons served on the parents contains a full explanation of their right to be represented by counsel and to have counsel appointed pursuant to Chapter 120. of the Revised Code if they are indigent."

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no