The Appellate Group

In re A.G.

In re A.G., 2022 UT App 126 (Harris, J.)

Child Welfare

At a relinquishment hearing, Mother stated that she would relinquish her parental rights because an open adoption would ensue. After learning an open adoption was not guaranteed, Mother refused to sign a relinquishment document. The juvenile court terminated her parental rights anyway interpreting the governing statute as allowing relinquishment under certain circumstances without a signed document from the parent. Mother appealed. The Court of Appeals reversed, holding:

  • Under the language of the statute, the juvenile court erred when it terminated Mother’s parental rights without a signed document.

Read the full court opinion