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What is the process in Tennessee of losing all parental rights after the final custody hearing in which the parent was not ready to take custody of the infant?

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May 21, 2005 3:41PM

There must be extreme circumstances before a court will permanently revoke parental rights. For instance in cases of minor children having children the court will generally award temporary custody to qualified person(s) or to a state agency. The birth parent will still retain visitation privileges and may be responsible for child support depending on circumstances. State DFS will periodically reevaluate the case. However, the biological parent(s)if they so choose,may petition the court for reinstatement of parental rights. He/she will be required to present substantiating evidence to prove they are qualified for having parental rights returned. Including submitting to an investigation by DFS and/or supporting agencies or persons so ordered by the court.