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Case Notes:  Incarceration and termination of parental rights
Case Notes: Incarceration and termination of parental rights

Under Pennsylvania law, a parent's rights may be terminated if the parent has "abandoned" the child and not sought contact for at least 6 months. In a recent case, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that an incarcerated father should have his parental rights terminated. ...

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