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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 1, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Bruce N. Oldham, Gallatin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Evelyn L.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Marcie E. Greene, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): COTTRELL

The Department of Children’s Services filed two petitions to terminate the parental rights of a mother to each of her two children after they were found to be dependent and neglected. The mother was served with both petitions, but she failed to appear at the proceedings where the court heard evidence about her persistent drug use and the Department’s attempts to help her overcome the problems that prevented her from safely parenting her children. The trial court found that the Department had established two grounds for termination by clear and convincing evidence that applied to both petitions: persistence of conditions and substantial failure to comply with parenting plans. The court also found that it was in the best interest of the children that the mother’s parental rights be terminated. Mother appealed. We affirm.
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