Termination of Parental Rights Not in Children’s Best Interest in Blountville, TN: In re Aiden R.

Most termination of parental rights cases focus on grounds for termination. If grounds are proven, it often seems as if the second prong of the legal analysis — whether termination is in the child’s best interest — is an afterthought. This case is noteworthy because although grounds were proven, it was not proven that termination was in […]

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Court Divided on Incarceration as Grounds to Terminate Parent’s Rights in Winchester, TN: In re Chandler M.

Facts: Mother and Father had a one-night stand that produced Child. Mother did not list Father’s name on the birth certificate and openly asserted that another man was Child’s father. Later, Child was adjudicated as dependent and neglected in Mother’s care. Father was incarcerated on a one-year prison sentence followed by 11 years of probation […]

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Termination of Parental Rights Reversed in Sevierville Because DCS Failed to Make Reasonable Efforts: In re Josephine E.M.C.

Facts: Child was born out of wedlock to Mother and Father. After Mother was arrested while intoxicated and charged with child neglect, Child went into the protective custody of the Department of Children’s Services (DCS). A permanency plan was established and revised a few months later. Eight months later, DCS petitioned to terminate Mother’s parental […]

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Termination of Parental Rights Reversed in Gallatin Adoption: In re Kaleb N.F.

Facts: When Child was 11 months old, the Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) investigated a report of drug abuse by Mother and domestic violence in the home. When the investigation revealed the truth of the report, DCS advised Mother that Child would be removed from the home. Mother was advised that Child would go into […]

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“Severe Child Abuse” in Tennessee Dependency and Neglect Matter: In re Samaria S.

Facts: Mother gave birth to premature twins. Before the hospital released the infants to Mother’s care, she was given extensive instructions on their feeding. Two weeks later, one twin was hospitalized, near death from severe malnutrition and dehydration. Days later, the other twin was hospitalized, also severely malnourished and dehydrated. The twins were taken into […]

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