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Filed on
Friday, July 18, 2014
SUMMARY: There was no plain error in the juvenile court finding there was not clear and convincing evidence to terminate the mother’s parental rights because there was insufficient evidence of best interests especially given that one child is living with her father and another is in a relative...Read more
Filed on
Monday, December 30, 2013
SUMMARY: Immediate termination of parental rights to a child born after the involuntarily termination of prior children was proper where the mother continued to deny physical abuse by the father that led to the prior terminations and maintained a close relationship with him. Eli, DOB 8/12, was born...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination was proper where the mother failed to maintain her psychiatric care and medications, was unwilling to acknowledge her boyfriend’s culpability in her son’s injuries, and made insufficient progress in the five years she was involved with DHHS. The mother, Nichole, has been...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination was proper where the mother failed to maintain her psychiatric care and medications, was unwilling to acknowledge her boyfriend’s culpability in her son’s injuries, and made insufficient progress in the five years she was involved with DHHS. The mother, Nichole, has been...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the mother failed to comply with UAs, did not attend chemical dependency treatment and continued a relationship with a man who was a barrier to reunification. Gary L. and Leanna L. were removed from the mother, Teresa L., on July 23, 2010,...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was proper where the child had been in foster care 19 months and the father had done little to comply with the case plan, including working on domestic violence issues. Mario Jr., DOB 2/10, was removed from the mother at birth and an amended...Read more
Filed on
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the father, over 30 months of the children being in foster care, failed to make significant progress in maintaining income and housing, could not manage the children’s special needs, did not consistently attend therapy. Jeffrey S., DOB 1/06,...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
SUMMARY: The children’s perceptions of permanency in distinguishing adoption and guardianship do not affect the determination of whether termination is in the children’s best interests. Termination of parental rights was proper because the mother was not capable of putting herself in a position to...Read more
Filed on
Friday, January 6, 2012
SUMMARY: A juvenile court should exercise its authority to order DHHS to accept a relinquishment of the child when it is in the best interests of that child to do so and not the interests of a future born child. Elizabeth, DOB May 2009, was born prematurely and stayed 8 weeks in the hospital...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
SUMMARY: The newly enacted statute removing the presumption that the case plan is in the child’s best interests is applicable to an already-pending case because it only affects a procedural right. DHHS must offer reasonable efforts to a parent whose goal is reunification to correct the conditions...Read more

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