IN RE: ETHIN E.S., ET AL - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 31, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Andrew J. Crawford, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Donna J.S.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Joshua Davis Barker, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Robert W. Rogers, Knoxville, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): SUSANO

Donna J.S. (“Mother”) appeals an order terminating her parental rights to her minor children, Ethin E.S. and Mary J.C. (collectively “the Children”). The younger child, Ethin, was born drug-exposed and required intensive care for treatment of his withdrawal symptoms. As a result, the Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) became involved. In the weeks after Ethin’s birth, a protective order was entered and DCS took temporary custody of the Children. Following a two-day bench trial, the court found that there are multiple grounds for terminating Mother’s rights and that termination is in the best interest of the Children, both findings by the court said to be based upon clear and convincing evidence. Mother challenges both of these determinations and, in addition, contends that DCS failed to provide reasonable efforts to assist her toward reunification with the Children. Finding no error, we affirm the trial court’s judgment.