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A. After a motion for termination of a parent-child legal relationship is filed pursuant to this chapter, the parent or parents shall be advised of the right to counsel, at their own expense, and counsel shall be appointed whenever counsel is available at no fee or whenever the Court fund has sufficient unobligated funds to pay an attorney.

B. An attorney, who shall be the child’s previously appointed Guardian Ad Litem whenever possible, shall be appointed to represent the child’s best interest in any hearing determining the involuntary termination of the parent-child legal relationship. Additionally, said attorney shall be experienced, whenever possible, in juvenile law. Such representation shall continue until an appropriate permanent placement of the child is effected or until the Court’s jurisdiction is terminated. If a respondent parent is a minor, a Guardian Ad Litem shall be appointed and shall serve in addition to any counsel requested by the parent.