The Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) unit receives cases when a child has an identified goal of “termination of parental rights for adoption.” Caseworkers will continue to work with the biological family to determine if reunification of the children with the family is possible; if not, TPR caseworkers will petition the Orphans’ Court to terminate parental rights. This situation involves a significant amount of casework as well as preparation for Court.
Simultaneously, TPR workers look to find a permanent home for the child. This involves exploring family resources, searching for adoptive resources, interviewing families interested in adopting, and preparing the child for transition into a permanent arrangement.
TPR caseworkers network extensively within the State-Wide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). They attend many SWAN meetings, conferences and adoptive parent / child matching events throughout the year.