Yes. Each State has an agency that protects the interests of the children. That agency may ask the court to suspend parental rights. In general, the State must demonstrate that the parent is not in a position and that the rupture of the relationship affects the best interests of the child. To find an “unfit” person, the State must usually demonstrate that the child is in danger of suffering some form of abuse, that the parent is unable to care for the child (usually due to mental disability or addiction to drugs) or that the child has been abandoned by the parent.
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