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  • Not automatically but it could be grounds for involuntary termination of their parental rights. Here are a couple of links that state the different circumstances in which someone's parental rights can be terminated in the State of Tennessee: http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/groundterminall.pdf http://www.ncsconline.org/WC/CourTopics/StateLinks.asp?id=83 I hope these links were helpful.
  • No. Depending on the type of felony, it could be considered grounds for an involuntary TPR, but that's a long and drawn out process that involves lots and lots of court dates. Even with it being considered "grounds" for a TPR, doesn't mean the judge will consider it 'SUFFICIENT GROUNDS'.
  • Not necessarily. It would depend on the nature and severity of the felony. Even in cases of child neglect or abuse, the child would be placed in a foster home temporarily, and the felon, even if the crime resulted in a jail or prison sentence, would be given an opportunity to redeem him or herself by taking parenting or anger management classes as dictated by the court. Repeat offenders, on the other hand, would stand a better chance of losing their parental rights if the court determined that the child was in danger of situations resulting from or relating to acts of crime or violence, or if otherwise proven to be unfit parents.

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