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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 »

WASHINGTON: In re Welfare of H.Q.
03.25.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
In a de novo review, the Court of Appeals of Washington, Division Two, vacated the superior court’s order terminating appellant-father’s parental rights, holding that the superior court violated appellant’s due process rights by failing to... read »

NEBRASKA: State v. Brandy S.(In re Interest of Nicole M.)
03.21.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
In a de novo review, the Supreme Court of Nebraska affirmed in part and reversed in part the county court’s order terminating appellants’ parental rights, finding that the court was correct to terminate appellant-mother’s parental rights, but... read »

MISSISSIPPI: In the Interest of N.B. v. Berryman
03.18.2014 | Adoption / Procedure
The Court of Appeals of Mississippi affirmed the chancery court’s order that granted the adoption of N.B. and K.B., male twins, to their paternal great-grandparents rather than the paternal grandparents, holding that the chancery court did not... read »

GEORGIA: Stanfield v. Alizota
03.17.2014 | Adoption / Procedure
The Supreme Court of Georgia reversed the court of appeals judgment that the doctrine of priority jurisdiction deprived the superior court of jurisdiction to terminate appellant-father’s parental rights, holding that the issue of termination was... read »

INDIANA: J.A. v. Ind. Dep’t. of Child Servs. (In re the Involuntarily Termination of the Parent-Chil
03.13.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Indiana Supreme Court vacated the trial court’s judgment terminating appellant-mother’s parental rights holding that appellant-mother was denied her statutory right to counsel during the course of the Child in Need of Services (CHINS)... read »

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA: In re D.M.
03.13.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals vacated the superior court’s order terminating appellant-mother’s parental rights, holding that the superior court failed to properly give weighty consideration to the mother’s proposal of a... read »

MISSOURI: In re Brockmire
03.11.2014 | Adoption
The Supreme Court of Missouri reversed the circuit court’s judgment partially distributing the decedent biological grandfather’s estate to his biological granddaughter despite the fact that decedent’s biological daughter (the granddaughter’s... read »

NEBRASKA: Jeremiah J. v. Dakota D.
03.07.2014 | Adoption / Consent
The Supreme Court of Nebraska affirmed the county court’s judgment, on remand, that appellee-biological father’s consent was required before appellant-mother could place their child in an adoptive home, despite the fact that appellee-father did... read »

MARYLAND: In re Joy D.
01.29.2014 | Child Protection
The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland affirmed the juvenile court’s order granting the motion of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (“BCDSS”) to waive its obligation to continue to make reasonable efforts to reunify... read »

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