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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Nov 16, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael J. Stanuszek, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Thomas J. T.

Attorneys 2:

Hillary Dewhirst, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Tina J. D’A. and Mark S. D’A.

Judge(s): GIBSON

This appeal involves the termination of a father’s parental rights to his seven-year-old son. In 2011, the son was adjudicated dependent and neglected due to his parents’ substance abuse and was placed in the custody of his paternal great-aunt and great-uncle. In 2013, the same great-aunt and great-uncle filed a petition, as prospective adoptive parents, seeking to terminate the father’s parental rights on the statutory grounds of abandonment and persistent conditions. The trial court found that the grounds of abandonment and persistent conditions were proved by clear and convincing evidence. The father appeals. We affirm.