Resources

Interpreting the Incarcerated Parents Bill (SHB 1284)

These cases interpret the Incarcerated Parents Bill (SHB 1284) amendments to the statute outlining termination of the child-parent relationship.

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Procedural Due Process for Incarcerated Parents at Termination

These cases address right to counsel, to be physically present, to assistance of interpreters, appointment of experts, to notice of default, to notice of alleged unfitness, and the burden of proof in termination cases.

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Procedural Due Process for Incarcerated Parents in Dependency

These cases outline protections for incarcerated or indigent parents, such as right to counsel, to be assisted by interpreter, and to be physically present, among other things, at dependency hearings.

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Imprisonment as Basis for Involuntary Termination

These cases include discussions of how parental incarceration is used in involuntary termination proceedings to support granting termination petitions.

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Challenging Restrictive Sentencing Conditions

These cases outline the rights of parents facing incarceration at criminal sentencing to limit or prohibit restrictions on relationships with their own children.

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Maintaining Meaningful Connections During Parental Incarceration (Visits)

These cases address and outline the rights of the incarcerated parent to access visitation and other contact with their own children once incarcerated.

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Invalidating Consent to Adoption

These cases outline the procedure of parents seeking to invalidate their relinquishment of the child or consent to adoption.

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