IN THE MATTER OF: CALEB F.N.P., JONATHAN S.F., OLIVIA B.F., and CHLOE N.F. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 28, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jonathan Caulley Brown, Fayetteville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jamie Lee F.

Attorneys 2:

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

Wende J. Rutherford, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Gary John Goedtel and Teresa Lynne Goedtel and David Albert Vermander and Sandra June Vermander.

Kristen Bargers, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): FARMER

The trial court terminated Mother’s parental rights based on abandonment for failure to provide a suitable home, abandonment as an incarcerated parent, substantial noncompliance with the permanency plan, persistence of conditions, and incarceration under a sentence of ten years or more when the child was less than eight years old at the time of sentencing. Mother argues that the trial court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the case. Mother also argues that none of the grounds for termination are supported by clear and convincing evidence and that the trial court erred in determining that termination was in the best interests of the Children. We affirm termination of parental rights on the enumerated grounds. We also affirm the trial court’s determination that termination of parental rights is in the best interests of the Children.

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