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Thursday, July 3, 2014
SUMMARY: Because there was no evidence of coercion during the mother’s voluntary case with DHHS, due process requirements were not triggered prior to the filing of a petition. Due process protections after the filing of the petition were sufficient, and there was a prima facie case for N.R.S. 43-...Read more
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Friday, June 13, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the mother did not make notable progress in her case plan and continued to use methamphetamine daily. It was not a conflict of interest for the relative adoptive parent to work in the child support section of the county attorney office...Read more
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
SUMMARY: Continued protective custody of the children was appropriate where the mother failed to follow a safety plan of appropriately monitoring the children in a case with sexual abuse history. An 8-month time lapse between removal and completion of the Protective Custody Hearing did not violate...Read more
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SUMMARY: Evidence stemming from a voluntary agreement between the parent and DHHS cannot be used against the parent in support of terminating parental rights. Kerri is the mother of Joseph, DOB 1/00, William, DOB 11/05, and Steven, DOB 12/06. Kerri was involved with DHHS and the juvenile court from...Read more
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Friday, December 27, 2013
SUMMARY: A juvenile court cannot allow an attorney to withdraw without a showing that the attorney made diligent efforts to notify the parent of his intent to withdraw. Due process was violated because the court excused the mother’s attorney from representing her at the TPR trial without notifying...Read more
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Friday, September 6, 2013
SUMMARY: A known adjudicated or biological father who has provided regular and substantial financial support to his child must be notified of abuse/neglect proceedings prior to the dispositional phase pursuant to N.R.S. 43-263 and 43-265. DHHS and its employees are protected by sovereign and...Read more
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
SUMMARY: Where proper rights advisements are not made at adjudication, the termination petition is treated as those filed under N.R.S. 43-292(2) without prior juvenile court involvement, requiring rights advisements at the termination stage. In this case, termination was improper because no rights...Read more
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
SUMMARY: Termination was proper where the parents were unable over the course of several years to properly parent the children, who were exhibiting severe behaviors and had high needs. The children’s statements made to the therapist and caseworker were properly admitted in satisfaction of due...Read more
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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
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
SUMMARY: Failure to notify the appropriate foreign consulate as required by the Vienna Convention and N.R.S. 43-3804 is not a violation of the parent’s due process rights. Antonio, DOB 10/04, and Gisela, DOB 7/06, are the children of Jose, a Mexican national. Antonio and his (and Gisela’s) half-...Read more


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