Our law firm is privileged to represent many foster parents in their desire to advocate for a child’s best interest. In most circumstances, foster parents have the statutory right to bring an action for termination of parental rights against the birth parents. Typically, foster parents may also bring a motion for intervention in the underlying DSS abuse and neglect case, or may also seek to consolidate their own TPR case with that of the Department of Social Services’ case for TPR. Each of these decisions requires a fact specific and legally nuanced understanding of the particular case.
When our law firm is retained to represent adopting parents in a contested TPR/Adoption case,among our first steps is to seek a discovery order, whereby we are entitled to review the Department of Social Services’ file, issue subpoenas and take depositions of the parties to the case. It is through this discovery process that we can best be prepared for a contested trial regarding termination of parental rights or to better inform the foster parents of their case. With law offices in Spartanburg and Charleston, our firm is available to handle foster care adoptions in every county in South Carolina.