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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Nov 24, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

W. Joe Bell, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Luis M.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, Andre´e S. Blumstein, Solicitor General, and, Jason I. Coleman, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Whittney N. L. Good, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): SWINEY

This appeal concerns the termination of a father’s parental rights. The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) filed a petition in the Juvenile Court for Hamblen County (“the Juvenile Court”) seeking to terminate the parental rights of Luis M. (“Father”) to the minor child Analilia R. (“the Child”). After a trial, the Juvenile Court found that clear and convincing evidence established the ground of persistent conditions against Father, and that the evidence was clear and convincing that termination of Father’s parental rights was in the Child’s best interest. Father appeals, arguing DCS failed to meet its burden of proof on the ground of persistent conditions. DCS raises its own issue of whether the Juvenile Court erred in failing to find the ground of substantial noncompliance with the permanency plan. We affirm the judgment of the Juvenile Court in its entirety.