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TPR Protocol



Trial Attorney Protocol for Effective and Zealous Representation of Parents in Termination of Parental Rights Cases in Wisconsin.

Written & Compiled By Katie Holtz
September 2014


 

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For additional assistance, questions or comments, please contact Wisconsin State Public Defender TPR Practice Group Coordinator, Katie Holtz at (414) 266-1184 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 




TPR Protocol
TPR Protocol
TPR Protocol
TPR Protocol

 
48.415  Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
At the fact-finding hearing the court or jury shall determine whether grounds exist for the termination of parental rights.  If the child is an Indian child, the court or jury shall also determine at the fact-finding hearing, whether continued custody of the Indian child by the Indian child's parent or Indian custodian is likely to result in serious emotional or physical damage to the Indian child under s. 48.028(4)(e)1. and whether active efforts under s. 48.028(4)(e)2. have been made to prevent the breakup of the Indian child's family and whether those efforts have proved unsuccessful, unless partial summary judgment on the grounds for termination of parental rights is granted, in which case the court shall make those determinations at the dispositional hearing. Grounds for termination of parental rights shall be one of the following:


Abandonment
Continuing Need of Protection or Services
Failure to Assume Parental Responsibility
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Termination of Parental Rights Cases: Where to Start


When thinking about TPR cases, it is often difficult to know where to begin or how to visualize an entire case.  Below is a simple graphic to allow practitioners to begin to categorize and organize the information in their case.

The idea behind the TPR Triangle (which can be accessed in PDF form below) is that during the litigation process, you should first be gathering as much information as you can--from your client, from the worker assigned to the case, from service providers, from court documents, etc.  Though you should begin that process early, it should also be ongoing as you work through the case.  There will come a point, where you also need to begin sifting through all of that information and start formulating you trial strategy and the theory of your case.  When you get to that point, it doesn't mean you should stop gathering information.  

The TPR Triangle is a quick visual to help you organize your case and prevent you from getting too bogged down in the voluminous information required to successfully and effectively litigate a termination of parental rights case.

In addition to the TPR Triangle to get you started, below is an intake form to guide you in the first conversation you have with your client.  Your client can be a valuable source of information that likely will not be contained in any other files.  When talking with your client for the first time, make note of his/her level of understanding, ensure that you get their version of events, and make sure that you do not overwhelm him/her with the complicated legal process of TPR.  It is important for each parent to understand what is going on and what his/her role or rights are, but this may take a few meetings to go through everything.

 






Attachments:
FileYear Created
Download this file (TPR Intake Form.doc)TPR Intake Form2012
Download this file (TPRTRIPDF.pdf)TPR Triangle2013

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