I have just had this article published. It discusses some of the very real challenges we face when trying to address issues if Termination of Parental Rights
Termination of Parental Rights: A Commentary
PETER W. CHOATE
Child Studies and Social Work, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada
Ben-David (this issue) introduced us to the complexity of the factors
that courts consider in termination of parental rights (TPR).
It is an opening to understanding which factors are taken into consideration
and how courts make these challenging determinations.
Yet there are other questions that must be asked before we truly
understand the TPR decisions made by courts across a variety of
legal jurisdictions. This commentary argues that we must take the
inquiry deeper, asking questions that will unpack the complexity
assisting researchers and clinicians. Thus, we will want to know
how courts weigh such important issues as the credibility of the evidence.
What is it about such factors as parental competence, failure
of remediation, and other issues identified by Ben-David that cause
courts to determine TPR is the best choice? Consideration is given
to how Ben-David’s work might be extended using a Canadian
perspective.Journal of Family Social Work, 18:243–252, 2015