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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
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of a father’s parental rights was in the children’s best interests where the father did not successfully address his substance abuse and made no progress toward reunification. On October 27, 2010, The State filed a petition as to Angel (DOB 1/2003) following reports of domestic...Read more
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
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
SUMMARY: Juvenile court properly issued letters of guardianship where it was clear from the context of the order and the proceedings that the court intended to establish a guardianship. In addition, the juvenile court does have authority to create a visitation plan for children in guardianship...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, 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, October 30, 2012
SUMMARY: Awarding guardianship of a child was improper because there was no showing of unfitness under the parental preference doctrine. Tyler, DOB 2001, is the child of Heather. Heather and Shane have a child born in April 2007 and Shane has been the only father figure Tyler has had. Heather moved...Read more
Filed on
Friday, June 15, 2012
SUMMARY: A judge’s prior minimal involvement as a deputy county attorney in the criminal case of an individual peripheral to the case, of which she had no recollection, was not sufficient to warrant recusal. “Out-of-home placement” under statutory grounds for termination of parental rights includes...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
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


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