IN RE ZACHARY G., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 2, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1: Lauren R. Biloski and Kevin C. Angel, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the appellant, Heather M.

Attorneys 2: Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Shanta J. Murray, Assistant Attorney General, General Civil Division, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

This is a termination of parental rights case in which the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) removed Zachary G. and Kaleb M. (collectively the “Children”) from Heather M. (“Mother”) and Elmus G. (“Father”). The Children were adjudicated 1 dependent and neglected and placed with Rhonda S. (“Grandmother”). Years later, the Children were placed in foster care and two new permanency plans were entered. DCS then petitioned to terminate Mother’s parental rights. Following a hearing, the court terminated Mother’s parental rights, finding that Mother had abandoned the Children, that Mother had failed to substantially comply with the permanency plans, and that termination of Mother’s parental rights was in the best interest of the Children. Mother appeals. We affirm the decision of the trial court.