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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Jul 28, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Dean Curtis Griffey, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellant, Debbie S.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; and Peako A. Jenkins, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

Mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her seventeen-year-old daughter. We have concluded that the Department failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that it is in the child’s best interest to terminate her mother’s parental rights in part because the child is seventeen years old, is not a candidate for adoption, and intends to maintain a relationship with Mother when she turns eighteen. Therefore, we reverse the termination of Mother’s parental rights to her seventeen-year-old daughter.