Foster Parents Lacked Right to Advocate a Position at Termination Hearing

Vol 30 No 2

People v. A.M., 2010 WL 5621076 (Colo. Ct. App.).

A trial court erred when it let foster parents participate as full intervenors in termination of parental rights proceeding. State statute permitting foster parents to fully intervene in dependency proceedings limits foster parents’ participation to dispositional hearings, not termination hearings. Foster parents also lacked a constitutional liberty interest in their relationship with foster child and thus  could not advocate a position at the termination hearing.

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