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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
SUMMARY: In adjudication cases, the proof required for active efforts under ICWA is by a preponderance of the evidence. Active efforts were provided in this case; however, removal of the children was improper because there was not evidence of serious emotional damage as required under ICWA. A court...Read more
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SUMMARY: The State’s 3a petition and motion for temporary custody should have been dismissed for failure to set forth allegations under ICWA because the State knew or should have known that ICWA applied. Avery, age 13, and Izabel, age 10, are the children of Katherine. On August 14, 2013, the State...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
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper in an ICWA case where the children were out of home 39 months and had special needs that required a stable home, and the parents consistently failed to follow through on services despite being given much assistance. Shane, born in 2003, Lena, born...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
SUMMARY: Removal of the children from the non-custodial parent in an ICWA case was improper because no qualified expert witness established that continued custody would cause serious emotional or physical damage to the children and there was no determination that active efforts had been made as to...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
SUMMARY: The guardian ad litem’s failure to object to the parents’ motion to transfer the case to tribal court, even though he had earlier objected to the tribe’s similar motion, precludes the guardian ad litem from appealing the court’s approval to transfer and that, nevertheless, the burden of...Read more
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
SUMMARY: The rights advisement to a parent only needs to be given prior to the adjudication or plea, but it is good practice to advise a parent at the earliest possible time. Continued custody was proper where the mother continued to have issues with mental health, housing, domestic violence and...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
SUMMARY: A preponderance of the evidence established that keeping the newborn with the mother in a prison nursery is contrary to the child’s welfare based on the mother’s past criminal and child welfare history. Kenyetta, DOB 3/11, was removed from the mother, Crystalynn, immediately after birth...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
SUMMARY: Reasonable efforts offered to a parent in a prior proceeding that are close in time to the later removal and reasonably related to the circumstances causing the removal are sufficient to satisfy the reasonable effort requirement for the later removal. Amari A., born in September 2010, was...Read more
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