Legal Counsel Not Waived in Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights

It was error for the Orphans’ Court to fail to grant a continuance to a parent to obtain counsel in a proceeding to terminate his parental rights when the parent failed to request counsel from the court but three of the five sets of notices received by the parent instructed the parent to contact the local legal services agency, which the parent did and was told that they do not represent parties in custody matters.  In Re: Adoption of C.A.S., 2017 PA Super 193 (6/21/2017).

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