Affidavit of Voluntary Relinquishment of Parental Rights(“Affidavit of Voluntary Relinquishment”) Policy Term Definition

A document that can be signed by the parent(s), including minor parents, any time after a newborn child has turned 48 hours old, to voluntarily relinquish their respective parental rights.  The affidavit must be notarized and its signing must be witnessed by two credible adults.   (Note: UTMB employees may not serve as witnesses). The licensed adoption agency or attorney handling the adoption  is responsible for the witnesses and notary public.  The affidavit must designate a  managing conservator of the child.