Rule 15.4. Involuntary termination of parental rights.1

 (a)  Petition.

 A petition for involuntary termination of parental rights under Sections 311 and 312 of the Adoption Act shall include the following allegations:

   (1)  the name and address of the petitioner and his or her standing;

   (2)  the name, age, date of birth, racial background, sex and religious affiliation of the child;

   (3)  the name, address, age, racial background and religious affiliation of the parent or parents, including the father of a child born out of wedlock, if he has been identified;

   (4)  the marital status of the mother as of the time of birth of the child and during one year prior thereto and, if the mother has ever been married, the name of her husband or husbands and her maiden name;

   (5)  the date when the child was placed in the care of the petitioner;

   (6)  facts constituting grounds for the involuntary termination under Section 311 of the Adoption Act, and a reference to the applicable subsection or subsections;

   (7)  whether either parent of the child is entitled to the benefits of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940, as amended (50 U.S.C.A. 501 et seq.);

   (8)  that the petitioner will assume custody of the child until such time as the child is adopted.

 (b)  Exhibits.

 The petition shall have attached to it the following exhibits:

   (1)  a birth certificate or certification of registration of birth of the child;

   (2)  the joinder of a parent of a petitioner who is under the age of 18, unless excused by the court.

 (c)  Guardian ad litem.

   (1)  When the termination of the parental rights of a parent who has not attained the age of 18 years is sought, unless the court finds the parent is already adequately represented, the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the parent. The appointment of a guardian ad litem may be provided for in the preliminary order attached to the petition for involuntary termination of parental rights.

   (2)  The decree appointing a guardian ad litem shall give the name, date of birth and address (if known) of the individual whom the guardian ad litem is to represent and the proceedings and period of time for which the guardian ad litem shall act.

 (d)  Notice and hearing.

 1 For the rights of a father of a child born out of wedlock, see Stanley v. Illinois, 405 U. S. 645 (1972).

 Notice of the hearing on the petition shall be given, in accordance with Rule 15.6 hereof, to the parent or parents whose rights are sought to be terminated, including the parent of a child born out of wedlock, to any intermediary named in a Report of Intention to Adopt, if one has been filed, and to the guardian of the person or guardian ad litem of any parent or parents who is or are under the age of 18 years. Each petitioner, each person whose joinder or consent is attached to the petition and any intermediary named in a Report of Intention to Adopt shall be examined under oath at the hearing unless they are excused by the court.



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