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 »
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 »
ILLINOIS: People v. Julia F.
01.24.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
In a de novo review, the Supreme Court of Illinois reversed the Appellate Court for the Fifth District’s judgment which reversed the circuit court’s order terminating appellee-mother’s parental rights after finding that the State’s failure... read »
NEBRASKA: State v. Kerri S. (In re Joseph S.)
01.21.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
In an issue of first impression, the Nebraska Court of Appeals affirmed the order of the juvenile court that found that appellant-mother’s children were not within the meaning of neglect under Nebraska statute and it was not in the children’s... read »
Hawaii: In the Interest of TM
01.06.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Supreme Court of Hawaii vacated the Family Court of the Third Circuit’s order terminating petitioner-mother’s parental rights and remanded the case for a new hearing, holding that petitioner’s rights were violated when she was not... read »
KENTUCKY: D.L.B v. Cabinet for Health & Family Servs.
01.03.2014 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Court of Appeals of Kentucky affirmed the family court’s involuntarily termination of the mother’s parental rights and reversed and remanded the voluntary termination of the father’s parental rights, holding that the mother’s failure to... read »
NEBRASKA: State v. Bonnie H. (In re Landon H.)
12.27.2013 | Adoption
The Supreme Court of Nebraska vacated the juvenile court’s order terminating appellant-mother’s parental rights, holding that juvenile court erred when it allowed appellant’s attorney to withdraw at the start of the termination hearing without... read »
WYOMING: E.R.C.K. v. State Dep’t of Family Servs.
12.24.2013 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Supreme Court of Wyoming dismissed appellant-mother’s appeal of the district court’s order that accepted appellant’s relinquishment of her parental rights and consent to adoption, holding that the district court’s order did not result in... read »
MASSACHUSETTS: Adoption of Malik
10.22.2013 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Appeals Court of Massachusetts dismissed appellant-mother’s appeal, finding that mother did not have standing to appeal the juvenile court’s order finding adoption by the child’s foster parents would serve his best interests. Here,... read »
INDIANA: In re the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: N.Q.
10.08.2013 | Termination of Parental Rights
The Court of Appeals of Indiana reversed the trial court’s order terminating the parent-child relationship between appellant-parents and their children, finding that that trial court erred in relying primarily on evidence presented during a... read »
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