City of Alexandria, VA
Relief of Custody
On rare occasions, parents or custodians of children will ask the Juvenile Court to relieve them of their legal right and responsibility to care for a child. Before a judge will hear such a case, however, the law requires that the family be referred to the Department of Social Services for investigation and services, if appropriate.
After the case comes to the Court for a decision on the Petition, the judge can grant or deny the Petition and can enter a number of different orders that the judge may determine are in the best interest of the child.
The parent has the burden of proving that he/she is entitled to be relieved of custody of the child.