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Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)

TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS (TPR)

There are five legal grounds in New York to terminate parental rights: abandonment, permanent neglect, mental illness, mental retardation, and severe and repeated abuse. If proven, a TPR may have permanent consequences as it could result in the elimination of the parent-child legal relationship and thereafter, your child being adopted. This would mean that you would no longer be considered their parent and have no right to visit with, raise, or otherwise care for or receive information about your child.  

Under certain circumstances, the local department of social services, such as The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in New York City, or a contracted foster care agency may elect or be legally required to file a petition to terminate your parental rights. As such, it’s crucial to have an experienced attorney defending you in court—fighting to prevent this potentially irreversible result. 

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What can The Dross Law Firm Do For You

The thought of your child in foster care is terrifying—yet alone the thought of losing rights to your child—and navigating the complexities of the child welfare system is cumbersome. That’s why you need real experience—both in and out of the courtroom. “As a former foster child, former kinship foster parent, former ACS prosecutor, and current parent, I offer clients something most attorneys simply cannot: insight. As a child, I’ve been to many places where ACS houses children including ACS’ Children’s Center, various foster homes, group homes, a residential treatment center, and even several kinship homes. As a therapeutic foster parent, I completed parenting and various child-rearing classes, and complied with home visits and foster care agency directives. As an ACS prosecutor, I’ve been on the inside, assessing cases of abuse or neglect, reviewing evidence and determining what is sufficient or needed, advising CPS and foster care agency case planners on what steps to take, and expending hundreds of hours preparing and presenting cases to the court. At The Dross Law Firm, we can actually relate to our clients, thereby enabling us to provide practical solution-based representation on a different level. Our clients matter, their family matters, and therefore lived experience matters.” – Arique Dross III, Managing Attorney.