Right to counsel

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

Indigent parents have a right to counsel in termination proceedings under the Adoption Act. 15A V.S.A. § 3-201(a).


Moreover, in an adoption relinquishment proceeding, "A parent who is a minor is competent to execute a consent or relinquishment if the parent has had the advice of an attorney who is not representing an adoptive parent or the agency to which the parent's child is relinquished. The attorney shall be present when the consent or relinquishment is executed."  15A V.S.A. § 2-405(c).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no