Termination of parental rights includes grandparents’ rights

When someone’s parental rights are terminated, this also terminates the rights of the person’s relatives – including the child’s grandparents, an Illinois appeals court recently ruled. In this case both natural parents’ rights were terminated, and the child’s foster parents petitioned for adoption. The natural father’s parents objected. But the court said they had no legal right to contest the adoption, since once the father’s parental rights were terminated, all of their rights were terminated as well.