4735. Youth Petition for Reinstatement of Parental Rights - Policy

  1. A child, age 12 and older, has the right to petition the court for reinstatement of parental rights if:
    1. She/he has been legally free for three (3) or more years from the date of termination or the exhaustion of appeals; and
    2. She/he has not achieved or will not imminently achieve a permanent plan.
  2. A child younger than age 12 may petition the court for reinstatement of parental rights if she/he can show good cause and is able to meet the above requirements.
  3. A proceeding to reinstate parental rights is a separate action from the termination of parental rights proceeding and does not vacate the original termination of parental rights order.