Sample Letter Giving Up Parental Custody of Children

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to relinquish parental custody of my children. I would like to explain why I wish to give up my rights. I love my children but I recognize that they could have a much better life without me. I have tried for years to get my life together and while I have succeeded minimally on and off, ultimately, my children have suffered. I want my children to feel safe and to have a childhood without the stress they currently have to endure.

I know that if I give up my rights, they will be moved to a more positive environment that will help them to reach their dreams and goals, and most importantly allow them to have a normal childhood. It saddens me to give up my children, but history has proven that I am not a healthy person and I want to do what is best for them. I know they will miss me but I hope over time as they age, they will understand why I have made this decision.

I want to thank you for your consideration and for taking the time to read my letter.

John Doe

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