Caselaw Updates

Caselaw Updates

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights based largely on events stemming from a decade-old child death was proper because the mother has not shown she will prioritize her children’s safety given her current relationship and her less-than-forthcoming responses. A cross-appeal will not be considered...Read more
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Friday, July 12, 2013
SUMMARY: Adjudication of the mother’s sons was improper because they were living with the grandparents and were not in any danger of the mother’s alcohol-fueled episodes or domestic violence incidents with her husband. A 3a petition was filed as to Sylissa, age 14, and Justine, age 11, on April 12...Read more
Filed on
Friday, July 12, 2013
SUMMARY: Evidence supported the termination of a mother’s parental rights when the mother’s rights have been previously terminated for seven other children based on similar allegations, the mother had not exhibited any reliable improvement, and the mother was involved in a serious altercation...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
SUMMARY: Subsequent disposition orders are not appealable where they are a continuation of the provisions of previous orders, even if the parent’s circumstances have changed. Mya, DOB 12/06, and Sunday, DOB 1/08, are the children of Nyamal. A 3a petition was filed on September 24, 2010. At the time...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the mother made poor progress on reunification, was difficult to contact, surrounded herself by individuals with gang affiliations and failed to maintain a safe home. Marieanna, DOB 8/09, was born to Cindy while she was incarcerated at the...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where over a period of time after an appellate reversal of termination the father did not make significant progress toward reunification nor show the desire to do so. Ray’Cine, DOB 5/07, and Dejan, DOB 1/09, have been in foster care since birth...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was improper because the tribe was not initially given proper notice of the termination proceedings as required under ICWA, only notice of the adjudication proceedings, nor was it provided with notice of the amended pleadings at least 10 days prior to trial...Read more
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was improper where the mother made continuous improvements after she ended an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. Chloe, DOB 6/03, and Carly, DOB 9/07, were removed from the mother, Staci, on January 22, 2010, after Chloe was found to have bruises on her...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper because the parents’ mental illness prevents them from being able to parent for a prolonged indeterminate period, and they did not make sufficient efforts to avail themselves of services. Josselynn was born prematurely in May 2010 and spent 20 days...Read more
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
SUMMARY: The juvenile court ordering of the mother to complete a pre-treatment assessment and authorizing the release of her mental health records to DHHS were not reasonable because there is no showing of any need for parental rehabilitation where the adjudication of no fault was based only on the...Read more
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
SUMMARY: Evidence was sufficient to support a termination of a mother’s parental rights when the mother sexually assaulted a young girl and suffered from mental disabilities. The juvenile court did not err by excluding expert testimony of psychosexual development of teenage girls and of the mother’...Read more
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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
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
SUMMARY: The State’s amending the petition to add the 15/22 ground for termination immediately prior to trial was not improper where the father alleged no prejudice he suffered as a result. Termination of the father’s parental rights was improper because there was not sufficient evidence that...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
Filed on
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper when the father took over a year to establish paternity, did not participate in offered services, and was incarcerated for most of the child’s life. In April, 2009, Kaira (DOB 1/2009) was removed from her mother’s home following her mother’s arrest...Read more

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