IN RE: SONYA M. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 17, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Karl M. Braun, Lucas Davidson, and Joanna L. McCracken, Nashville, Tennessee, and Kendall A. Sykes, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for the appellants, David Sheldon Hodgin, Jr. and Kimberly Ellen Hodgin.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Alexander S. Rieger, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children?s Services.

Anita Lynn Vinson Coffinberry, Erin, Tennessee, for the appellee, John M.

Judge(s): BENNETT

The issue in this case is whether former foster parents have standing to bring an action for termination of parental rights and adoption of children formerly in their care. We hold, as did the trial court, that former foster parents do not have standing to do so.