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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, May 20, 2014
SUMMARY: The active efforts requirement of ICWA applies even after the children are returned home to the parent.Rehabilitation plan requirements on medical care were not relevant to the adjudication of inappropriate discipline. Shayla H., DOB 8/01, Shania H., DOB 8/03, and Tanya H., DOB 9/04, were...Read more
Filed on
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was in the children’s best interests where the children had been in foster care for over three years, there was evidence of inappropriate physical discipline, and the parents could not control all four children during visitation. The State filed a petition on...Read more
Filed on
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of a father’s parental rights was proper where the evidence taken together demonstrated that the father was not interested in reunifying with his children. The juvenile court did not rely solely on the father’s financial situation or cultural differences. On September 28, 2009...Read more
Filed on
Friday, December 6, 2013
SUMMARY: Changing the mother’s reunification plan from continuing high school when she was under 19 to actively pursuing a GED as a condition of reunification after she turned 19 was a material change and therefore appealable. Nyamal is the mother of Mya, age 4, and Sunday, age 2, and in July 2010...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, April 23, 2013
SUMMARY: Evidence that the mother was diagnosed with mild mental retardation, her condition was unlikely to improve, and the child had special needs was sufficient to support a termination of the mother’s parental rights, despite evidence that the mother loved the child. Ashe (DOB 1/2003) was...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
SUMMARY: Evidence was sufficient to support a father’s termination of parental rights when the father was incarcerated for all of the child’s life and had made no progress toward reunification. Kelly, father of Adlai (DOB 7/2007), was incarcerated for robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony...Read more


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