Grandparents Do Not Have Standing to Appeal the Termination of Parent’s Rights

The Court of Civil Appeals dismissed an appeal for lack of standing in G.P. v. Houston County D.H.R., [Ms. 2080591, 2080606] (Ala. Civ. App. Sept. 18. 2009).  The maternal grandmother appealed the termination of parental rights of the parents.  The Court of Civil Appeals held that a grandparent has no legally protected parental rights, and cannot assert arguments on behalf of the parents.  Therefore, the grandmother did not have standing to appeal, and her appeal was dismissed.