In Pennsylvania parental rights can be terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily. A voluntary termination of parental rights occurs when the parent in question wants to terminate their own rights to their child. An involuntary termination of parental rights occurs when the court makes the decision and terminates a parent's rights. There is a long list of factors the court will weigh and consider in deciding whether to terminate a parent's rights. Whether voluntary or involuntary, this process is not quick. A parent will not lose the rights to their child unless the court formally terminates those rights. Having your parental rights terminated is not the same as not having legal custody of the child.
By: Lisa Vari on G+
Termination of parental rights cases are some of the most important and complex cases that a court will hear. When parental rights are terminated for a child, it is as if the child was never born to that parent at all. Typically, parental rights can only be terminated if there is an adoption pending in Pennsylvania. There are two types of termination of parental rights: voluntary and involuntary.