I am wondering if anyone is willing and able to share with me their Tribal Codes on Termination of Parental Rights (Voluntary or Involuntary). Our court allows both involuntary and voluntary termination but what I have seen in the past year is increase in voluntary termination of parental rights and the child support obligation ending. Which, if termination, I see that as child support should end but what I am not agreeing with in my position is usually this has left support of the child on one parent, which I do not see as fair to the child or other parent left to care for all needs of the child.
I will be up front, my ex-husband and I agreed to do the voluntary termination of his rights since he has not been a part of my daughter’s life since we divorced and he has been in legal trouble since. However, my husband now agreed to adopt her and we went into the Court with the termination and adoption. Meaning there was already someone willing and able to help support her needs financially. I am not seeing the financial need being accepted by anyone else but have seen that NCP’s are voluntarily giving up rights to their child, some for financial reasons, which I do not agree with. So I am asking if anyone is willing to share their Code on this issue or even if your Tribe may not even allow voluntary termination. My Executive wants me to gather as much information I can on other Tribal Codes in this area to see if we can update our own Code.