In this case, both parents were involved. And there was already an open case involving an older daughter when the Department of Family Protective Services filed suit on behalf of K.S.L., an infant. The Department named several incidents including possessing, using, and selling illegal drugs and a high-speed police chase with the children in the car. Both parents were represented by counsel and signed affidavits of voluntary relinquishment of parental rights. The caseworker testified that termination was in the best interest of the child and that arrangements were made for the uncle to adopt the child. The trial court found that termination was in the best interest of the child and that both parents had signed irrevocable affidavits relinquishing parental rights. Final judgment was entered terminating parental rights.
Days later, both parents changed their minds. They appealed arguing the evidence was insufficient to prove child's best interest. Read more to find out what happened.
Finally, the Supreme Court of Texas reversed the appellate court rejecting the due process arguments and holding that the affidavits relinquishing parental rights complied with all statutory requirements.