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Terminating Parental Rights Through a Backdoor in the Virginia Code: Adoptions Under Section 63.2-1202(H)


Dale Margolin Cecka


University of Richmond School of Law

October 8, 2013

University of Richmond Law Review, Vol. 48, 2013

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Under private adoption law in Virginia, a parent can lose her parental rights in one court hearing based on a single petition, without any proof of parental unfitness offered and without the opportunity to object to the adoption of her child. Virginia Code section 63.2-1202(H), pertaining to adoptions where the petitioner is a private party and the consent of the parent is not required, is so streamlined that it can violate the constitutional rights of both biological parents and their children. This article explores deficits in the statute, in light of constitutional law, other Virginia adoption and termination of parental rights statutes, and other states’ codes and jurisprudence.

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Date posted: October 10, 2013  

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Cecka, Dale Margolin, Terminating Parental Rights Through a Backdoor in the Virginia Code: Adoptions Under Section 63.2-1202(H) (October 8, 2013). University of Richmond Law Review, Vol. 48, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2337758

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Dale Margolin Cecka (Contact Author)
University of Richmond School of Law ( email )
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
United States
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