Case Number: 2022-011077

In Appeals

Four children ages 10, 6, and 3 (twins), are seeking an attorney to represent them as Respondents and oppose an appeal of a termination of parental rights decision. The children were placed in DFS care on April 27th, 2020 because the Court ruled that, due to the ongoing substance abuse and ensuing domestic violence between natural parents in the home, returning to the home would be contrary to the welfare and safety of subject minor. Throughout the child abuse and neglect case, the parents continued to abuse drugs and alcohol, engage in domestic violence, and lack stability. In determining best interest, the Court looked at the love, affection, and emotional ties between children and their natural parents in comparison to the bond between the children and the current adoptive resource. The Court noted that, while the natural mother has been visiting consistently recently, due to the length of time the children have been placed in the adoptive resource and out of natural parent’s home, they were equally, if not more bonded to the adoptive resource. The Court further found that it was the adoptive resource, and not natural parents, who have provided them with their basic needs (i.e. food, clothing, and shelter) and are able to meet the children’s medical care obligations and emotional needs. As a result, the parent’s parental rights were terminated and the mother appealed this decision. Next Deadline(s): Mother’s appellate brief/appendix due July 25, 2022.

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