IN THE MATTER OF: STEVEN P.D. (D.O.B. 02/24/2007) and DALTON D. (D.O.B. 05/19/2008), Children Under Eighteen (18) Years of Age - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 25, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert W. Hawley, Paris, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christina P.

Attorneys 2:

Paul D. Hessing, Paris, Tennessee, for the appellant, Steven D.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter and Alexander S. Rieger, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): FARMER

This is a termination of parental rights case. The trial court concluded that it was in the best interests of the children to terminate the parental rights of Mother and Father on the grounds of abandonment by incarcerated parents, substantial noncompliance with the permanency plans, and persistence of conditions. On appeal, Mother and Father argue that DCS did not clearly and convincingly prove grounds for termination. Father further argues that DCS did not clearly and convincingly prove that termination was in the best interests of the children. Finally, Mother and Father argue that DCS failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify them with their children. After thoroughly reviewing the record, we affirm.

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