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NEW YORK: Matter of G.
12.27.2014 | Adoption
The Supreme Court of New York, Surrogate Court of New York County, held that two close friends, with no romantic connection, have standing to jointly adopt a child to which neither adoptive parent has biological ties. The supreme court relied on... read »

ARKANSAS: Wright v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs.
12.11.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Arkansas Court of Appeals reversed the circuit court’s decision terminating appellant’s parental rights to his presumptive daughter, S.W., finding that the evidence did not support a clear and convincing finding that appellant had any... read »

COLORADO: M.C. v. Adoption Choices of Colo., Inc.
12.11.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the trial court’s judgment terminating appellant-father’s parental rights to his biological twin sons and awarding permanent legal custody to the twin’s prospective adoptive parents. Mother... read »

GEORGIA: Park v. Bailey
12.11.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Court of Appeals of Georgia affirmed the trial court’s order denying the appellants’ petitions to terminate the parental rights of the biological father and to adopt C.M., holding that the biological father had substantially complied with... read »

CONNECTICUT: In re Navaeh W.
12.11.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Appellate Court of Connecticut reversed in part and remanded the trial court’s order terminating respondent biological mother’s parental rights to two daughters because the trial court failed to consider and make written findings as to the... read »

LOUISIANA: In re Adoption of M.A.D.
12.11.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Third Circuit, affirmed the trial court’s judgment that terminated appellant-biological father’s parental rights to his biological son, finding that the trial court did not err when it found that appellant... read »

OREGON: Dep’t. of Human Servs. v. T.S. (In re T.S.)
12.11.2014 | Child Protection
The Court of Appeals of Oregon reversed the juvenile court’s permanency judgment changing the plan for his daughter from reunification to adoption, finding that the Department of Human Services (DHS) did not make reasonable efforts to reunify... read »

UTAH: In re J.S.
11.04.2014 | Adoption / Rights of Unmarried Fathers
The Supreme Court of Utah affirmed the district court’s denial of father’s motion to intervene in the adoption proceedings of his child. The Utah Adoption Act requires unmarried fathers to file a sworn affidavit stating they are able and willing... read »

GEORGIA: In the Interest of J.V.J.
10.30.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Court of Appeals of Georgia, Fourth Division, reversed the juvenile court’s order that terminated mother’s parental rights and denied her motion for a new trial. The appellate court held that the juvenile court erred in terminating mother's... read »

ILLINOIS: Elston v. Oglesby
10.30.2014 | Adoption
The Court of Appeals of Illinois, Fourth District, affirmed the trial court’s order granting the half-brother's motion to dismiss the half-sister's adoption challenge, holding that the half-sister lacked standing to bring her specific claim. The... read »

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