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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 16, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Brandon M. Booten, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael C.1

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Eugenia Izmaylova, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children?s Services.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

This appeal arises from the termination of Father?s parental rights. The minor child was removed from his parents, placed in state custody, and adjudicated dependent and neglected after the Tennessee Department of Children?s Services (“DCS”) received a referral alleging that Father and the child?s mother were using and possibly manufacturing methamphetamines in the home. Thereafter, DCS developed permanency plans with the goal of reuniting the family. The mother died shortly thereafter of a drug overdose. DCS subsequently filed a petition to terminate Father?s parental rights alleging that Father failed to comply with most of the permanency plan?s requirements, that he failed numerous drug screens, failed to provide a suitable home. It also alleged that the abandoned the child by only visiting the child three times and merely providing token support for the child after she was taken into state custody. The trial court terminated Father?s parental rights finding that DCS has proven the grounds of substantial noncompliance with a permanency plan and abandonment, and that termination of his parental rights was in the child?s best interests. Father appeals. We affirm.