Ok. That's good.
In a nutshell, courts are very hesitant to terminate the parental rights absent solid proof that it is in the best interest of the child.
The most common statutory grounds for determining parental unfitness include:
- Severe or chronic abuse or neglect
- Abuse or neglect of other children in the household
- Long-term mental illness or deficiency of the parent(s)
- Long-term alcohol- or drug-induced incapacity of the parent(s)
- Failure to support or maintain contact with the child
- Involuntary termination of the rights of the parent to another child
If they cannot prove that you're guilt of any of these things, the court is not likely to grant a termination of your rights. The last thing that a court wants to do is alienate the child from a parent. The more common result to this is supervised visitation, etc.
As for CPS, your activity and cooperation with it should be documented in its paperwork and you could ask the court to review your child's file to see the level of your involvement.
In fact, your attorney could subpoena the CPS file before court so you can see what's in there.
Public defenders are good attorney, but they have a huge case load, so it is hard for them to spend the time that a private attorney may spend on the case. Thus, you will have to stay on your attorney and bug him to the point that he concentrates on your case.
Again, it is very hard for a court to terminate one's parental rights, and a judge will be very hesitant to do so unless he/she believes there is no other choice. Thus, the law is on your side for this not to occur. However, you need to stay on your attorney and make sure that you prove that you're involved in your children's lives, that the moment you found out about the sex offenders that you got the children away from them, aqnd that you've maintained your contact with CPS and have done everything asked of you.