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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, March 1, 2019

Significant DCS Failures Made Termination of Parental Rights Erroneous

From The Indiana Lawyer:

A mother won her appeal to reverse an erroneous order terminating her parental rights when the Indiana Court of Appeals found the Department of Child Services committed ‘significant procedural irregularities’ in her case.

Mother L.H. remained in and out of a repeatedly physically abusive relationship with the father of her children, D.H., K.H., and E.H., for nearly 15 years. Domestic violence was often committed against L.H. by Father, and often in the presence of the children.

In 2016, the parents admitted D.H., K.H. and E.H. were children in need of services, thus leading to their removal from the home. Both L.H. and Father were ordered to engage in services and over the next several years, the two separated, participated in services and found stable housing and employment.

Read more here.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/family_law/2019/03/significant-dcs-failures-made-termination-of-parental-rights-erroneous.html

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