Family Law Keyed to Weisberg
Kingsley v. Kingsley
Rachel Kingsley, natural mother of Gregory, appeals the court’s final orders terminating her parental rights based upon findings of abandonment and neglect, and granting the petition for adoption filed by Gregory’s foster parents. In June of 1992 Gregory, 11, filed a petition for termination of the parental rights of his natural parents. He separately filed a declaration of rights and adoption by his foster parents. The trial court ruled that he had standing to initiate the action for termination of parental rights, and implicitly accorded him the capacity to file the petition even though he was an unemancipated minor. The court appointed one of Gregory’s attorneys as his attorney ad litem. The court made no ruling concerning Gregory’s standing to file the adoption proceeding, however his foster parents filed a petition for adoption with the written consent of Gregory and his father. The court tried the termination of parental rights and adoption proceeding together, and terminated the mother’s parental rights and granted the foster parents’ adoption petition.
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