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Filed on
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
Filed on
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the mother did not show continued improvement over the two years the children were in foster care, the children thrived when they did not have contact with the mother, and the mother failed to take responsibility and instead blamed 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, January 18, 2011
SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was proper because he failed to follow through on sex offender and parenting programs while incarcerated and had poor interaction with the children during therapeutic visitation even when prompted, and because the children’s behaviors had...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
SUMMARY: Holding the adjudication hearing 8 months after the petition was filed where the child is 17 years of age and the abuser already sentenced for sexual assault is hardly ideal but not grounds for reversal. Evidence establishing that the interpreter at the therapy sessions was fluent in...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
SUMMARY: The court lacked jurisdiction to terminate parental rights because, after learning of another state’s order establishing the father’s paternity and custody rights, it did not follow the UCCJEA requirements of (1) specifying in the order a period of time allowing the person to seek an order...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
SUMMARY: The time a parent spends incarcerated shall not be excluded from the determination of whether a child has been out-of-home 15 of the most recent 22 months. As the father did not take steps to undergo sex offender treatment in the two months prior to incarceration or immediately after his...Read more
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
SUMMARY: While “expert opinion testimony” regarding the credibility of witness statements should be excluded, in this case, the officer’s statement, “read in context,” was not to vouch for the credibility of a witness, but simply explained her departure from the standard interview form, and thus...Read more
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