In re A.L.M., 110519 NCCA, COA18-1248

Docket Nº:COA18-1248
Opinion Judge:DILLON, JUDGE
Party Name:IN THE MATTER OF: A.L.M., J.C.W.M., & A.C.M.
Attorney:New Hanover County Department of Social Services, by Karen F. Richards, Petitioner-Appellee. Winston & Strawn LLP, by Tasha Sheehy, for guardian ad litem. David A. Perez for Respondent-Appellant Mother.
Judge Panel:Judges TYSON and BROOK concur.
Case Date:November 05, 2019
Court:Court of Appeals of North Carolina
 
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IN THE MATTER OF: A.L.M., J.C.W.M., & A.C.M.

No. COA18-1248

Court of Appeals of North Carolina

November 5, 2019

An unpublished opinion of the North Carolina Court of Appeals does not constitute controlling legal authority. Citation is disfavored, but may be permitted in accordance with the provisions of Rule 30(e)(3) of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Heard in the Court of Appeals 18 September 2019.

Appeal by Respondent-Mother from order entered 30 August 2018 by Chief Judge J. H. Corpening, II, in New Hanover County No. 16 JT 212-4 District Court.

New Hanover County Department of Social Services, by Karen F. Richards, Petitioner-Appellee.

Winston & Strawn LLP, by Tasha Sheehy, for guardian ad litem.

David A. Perez for Respondent-Appellant Mother.

DILLON, JUDGE

This appeal arises from a termination of parental rights action between Respondent-Mother ("Mother") and the New Hanover Department of Social Services ("DSS"). We hold that the trial court did not err in determining that the termination of Mother's parental rights was in the best interest of the three children, Anne, John, and Alex1.

I. Background

Mother and the father of the three children were in a relationship that involved domestic violence and substance abuse while in the presence of the children. Because of these issues, DSS eventually took custody of the children.

Prior to the children being placed in the custody of DSS, the children were placed with the maternal grandparents for about three months. Due to the living conditions, DSS removed the children from the grandparents and eventually placed them with their foster mother.

During the Permanency Planning Hearing, the trial court found that changing the children's permanent plan from reunification to adoption was appropriate. The children continue to live with their foster mother.

II. Standard of Review

For cases involving a termination of parental rights disposition, this Court reviews for an abuse of discretion. See In re J.L.H., 224 N.C.App. 52, 57, 741 S.E.2d 333, 337 (2012). "The trial court is 'subject to reversal...

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