Right of bio parent to counsel in step-parent adoption. Published opinion from Ky Court of Appeals

Meeting 3

S.S. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES, ET AL.

Family court terminated mother’s parental rights and allowed for step-mother adoption. Mother appealed arguing that the trial court failed in finding it could not appoint counsel on her behalf. The Court of Appeals agreed holding that because an “adoption without the consent of a living biological parent is a proceeding to involuntarily terminate that parent’s parental rights”… “the provisions of KRS Chapter 625 apply to step-parent adoption proceedings under KRS Chapter 199.” Mother was entitled to counsel at all critical stages of litigation.

Digested by Elizabeth M. Howell

Recent Posts

Kentucky Court of Appeals affirms Warren Family Court’s Order limiting natural father’s access to children’s educational records from school
October 25, 2022
Kentucky Court of Appeals affirms Boyd Circuit Court’s order terminating father’s parental rights pursuant to KRS 625.090
October 25, 2022
Kentucky Court of Appeals vacates Lewis County Family Court finding of abuse or neglect due to insufficient evidence to support finding
October 18, 2022