Superior Court For Juvenile Matters Service of
For Termination of Parental Rights
|Who Must Be Served?
parent and/or legal guardian named on the petition shall be served,
including legal, acknowledged, adjudicated or putative fathers.
federally recognized Indian tribe to which a parent or child may be
affiliated shall be notified. See
policy 31-8-12, Native American Families.
Unknown parents shall be served by publication in
newspaper as John or Jane Doe.
Legal Reference: Connecticut
Practice Book, § 33a-4.
|What Is To Be Served?
||The following documents must be served by a
of Parental Rights petition and the Summary of Facts for each person
to be served
for Hearing and Notice/Summons Termination of Parental Rights
addressed envelope for each person to be served, and
to the Judicial Marshal.
||All of the above
and certified mail slips addressed to each applicable party(ies) and made returnable
to the Court Clerk, Superior Court for Juvenile Matters.
Publication in newspapers is processed by the person coordinating Service
of Process (see 46-3-30.12, page 1 of 2).
|Time Frame for
Completion of the Service of Process
Termination of Parental Rights petition must be served at least ten (10)
days prior to the initial (plea) hearing.
Judicial Marshals return is required to be filed with the court
immediately following the Service of Process being effectuated.
|Type Of Service
||The type of Service of Process required is
dependent upon the following conditions:
||Type of Service Required
|is known within the state
|is known out-of-state
or out of country
||certified Mail, restricted delivery, addressee only, return receipt
||publication in a newspaper with general circulation in the
town/city where the parents/guardians were last known to have resided.
newspaper can be identified by calling the Research Department of the
local Public Library, or by searching in the Internet.
Connecticut Department of Children and Families Effective Date:
November 1, 2005 (Revised)