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HB 451 Adoption; appointment of counsel if parent is determined to be indigent.
SUMMARY AS PASSED HOUSE: (all summaries)
Adoption; appointment of counsel. Provides that a parent who does not consent to the adoption of the parent's child, but whose consent to the adoption is required, shall be appointed counsel upon the parent's request if such parent is determined to be indigent. The bill also provides that the court shall provide written notice to the birth parent withholding consent of the parent's right to counsel prior to any hearing or decision on a petition for adoption. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Boyd-Graves Conference.