Wednesday, February 24, 2010
An Illinois trial court recently found a Respondent father unfit, detemining that the child’s
best interests required the termination of Respondent’s parental rights. The appellate court affirmed, determining, first,
that the trial court was not prohibited from finding the Respondent an unfit father
because of his minority at age 15.
Second, Respondent was not denied due process rights because Section 1
of the Adoption Act did not list protected parental rights, but grounds for
parental unfitness. Finally, the trial
court’s best interest finding was not against the manifest weight of the
evidence, which showed the infant already bonded with foster parents and was maltreated
by the father. The case is In re I.B., No. 3-09-0547 (Ill. Ct.
App., 3d Dist. Dec. 30, 2009). Read the
full opinion here.