TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 22, 2015

The Tennessee Supreme Court held today that the state statute governing termination of parental rights does not require the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to prove as an essential element of its case that it made reasonable efforts to reunite the child with the parent(s) before parental rights can be terminated. Instead, the court found that the extent of the effort to reunify a parent and child is only one of several factors to be weighed in determining whether termination is in the best interest of the child. The ruling overturns previous holdings that DCS is required to prove reasonable efforts to reunify as a precondition to terminating the parent’s rights. Read more from the AOC.