Go to the juvenile division of the circuit court in the county in which the child resides. Juvenile court has jurisdiction over all parental rights relinquishment proceedings. Ask the clerk for a petition for relinquishment of parental rights. You may also draft your own petition, using an online legal document provider.
Note in the petition if there is a person -- such as the child's other parent, a guardian, a foster parent or an adoptive parent -- to whom you would like to relinquish rights. Also note in the petition if there is a specific reason why you are relinquishing parental rights. Complete the petition and return it to the clerk, along with a filing fee. The clerk will schedule a hearing on the matter.
Attend the hearing. The judge may ask questions about why you wish to terminate rights. Judges are more likely to grant a relinquishment if a child is in foster care, if there is a prospective adoptive parent or if the child does not live with the parent. After hearing your perspective, the judge may interview other people close to the child such as the other parent, foster parents or court-appointed special advocates who represent the children's best interests in these proceedings. If the judge agrees that a relinquishment is in the child's best interests, he will issue an order to terminate your parental rights.