Vivek Sankaran.


Michigan Draws A Line on Terminating Parental Rights

My client in a Michigan child welfare case had already suffered from Crohn’s Disease, which hampered his ability to hold a job and resulted in frequent hospital visits, when tragedy struck.


Top Stories of 2018: Terminating the Rights of Parents

We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint covered in 2018. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from 2018.

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Termination of Parental Rights: What’s The Rush?

If a parent is unfit and cannot care for his child, we should automatically terminate his parental rights. Right? Well, maybe not. A few years back, one of my former clients – a child who had aged out of the foster care system – graduated from law school.


Bigger in Texas: Number of Adoptions, and Parents Who Lose Their Rights

In 1998, the federal government started an incentive program aimed at pushing states to finalize more adoptions of youth in foster care. But in the decades since its inception, few states have seen any consistent benefit from the half-billion dollars spent on incentives.


West Virginia High Court Says Kids Can’t Inherit After Parents Lose Rights

In a decision that appears to further punish children who have already been abused, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a child cannot inherit from a parent whose rights have been terminated.