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Filed on
Friday, April 3, 2015
Summary: Adopting a new permanency plan of adoption or guardianship was appropriate when Melissa R. failed to comply with the reunification plan and an expert testified that she needed a long period of stability before she could parent. The adoption of a new permanency plan for adoption and...Read more
Filed on
Friday, November 1, 2013
SUMMARY: It was not plain error for the court to change the permanency goals from reunification and in finding that reasonable efforts were no longer required because the parents showed continued disregard in complying with the case plans and the children had been out of home 28 months. Jasmine L...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
SUMMARY: An order from the court removing reunification as a concurrent goal with adoption but otherwise not changing the terms of the previously adopted case plan is not a final order that can be appealed. Serenity G., DOB 6/06, Christopher G., Jr., DOB 4/07, and Averie G., DOB 2/09, are the...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
SUMMARY: Changing the permanency goal from reunification to guardianship/adoption was proper where the children languished for two years while the mother denied her daughter’s sexual abuse and maintained a relationship with the offender. The order changing the permanency goal was a final,...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
SUMMARY: A court order ceasing the search for relative placements in an ICWA case was in error because there was insufficient evidence in the record that good cause existed to avoid placement preferences. The children, Enrique P., DOB 6/93, Carina P., DOB 12/95, Christian P., DOB 11/99, and...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
SUMMARY: Evidence establishing the mother’s repeated substance use, subsequent drug treatment programs and ongoing failure to provide stability for the children showed that termination was in the children’s best interests regardless of the loving relationship she had with them. The judge’s...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
SUMMARY: An order determining a change in the permanency plan to adoption but keeping the same rehabilitation plan for the mother is not a final order. Christina R. is the mother of Lea D. (DOB 10/94), Charlie D. (DOB 1/97), Sierra R. (DOB 11/00), and Tayla R. (DOB 9/08). The father is not involved...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
SUMMARY: Termination of an incarcerated parent’s rights was in the best interests of the children because the incarceration prevented the parent from providing a “nurturing and structured environment,” and the parent’s continual perpetuation of crimes cast doubt on his ability to make the permanent...Read more
Filed on
Friday, January 5, 2007
SUMMARY: “An adoption cannot be vacated under NICWA where the tribe’s entry into the proceedings is untimely.” The biological mother of Kenten H, relinquished her parental rights to Kenten H to the Department of Health and Human Services. She later petitioned the county court to vacate the adoption...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
SUMMARY: Even though the mother was “not at fault for her present situation and that she very much desire[d] [her daughter’s] return” the court recognized that “when a parent is unable or unwilling to rehabilitate himself or herself within a reasonable time, the best interests of the child require...Read more


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