IN RE KELSIE M.P., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 12, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Ben H. Houston, II, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Carrie M. P.

Attorneys 2:

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

Dorothy Cooley, Maryville, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

This case involves the termination of a mother’s parental rights to three children who had been placed in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. The mother had made some progress in complying with the permanency plan developed by the Department, but was still experiencing “instability.” Nearly two years after the mother relinquished control of the children, the Department petitioned to terminate the mother’s parental rights. The trial court granted the petition, terminating the mother’s parental rights on the ground that the conditions that led to the children’s removal continued with little likelihood of remedy. The mother appeals. We affirm.