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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
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the father was incarcerated and would remain so for the length of the child’s minority. In November 2011, Aereelle was removed from the mother’s home. A supplemental petition was filed on October 9, 2012, as to her father, PaceLeon, that...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, August 6, 2013
SUMMARY: An order that merely extends the time a previous placement order is applicable, denies a motion for visitation and does not change the essential parts of the permanency plan regarding family preservation or prevent the father from working on the rehabilitation plan is not a final and...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, April 3, 2012
SUMMARY: The change of permanency objective by the court from reunification to adoption/ guardianship was proper because although the mother/guardian had participated in services, she has demonstrated unwillingness over 2 years to make the necessary changes. Debra is the mother of Marcus C., DOB 8/...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
Friday, July 23, 2010
SUMMARY: An adjudication and permanency plan must be established before the juvenile court can accept a voluntary relinquishment from the parent. Cornelius, DOB 5/93, was adopted by Laura in 2003. Laura moved and left Cornelius with a relative in August 2008, and on August 19, 2009, a petition was...Read more


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