Prior to 2011 the answer was a definite no. However, in 2011 the appellate court in T.P. v. T.W. (2011) 191 Cal.App.4th 1428 stated that it should be OK to terminate parental rights without adoption. The facts in that case were as follows: the father filed paternity and mother responded requesting termination of parental rights.
In practice, I do not know any lawyer who tried a case to terminate parental rights without adoption pending, I would like to try though.
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