Norman S. v. Department of Child Safety, N.S., 082919 AZAPP1, 1 CA-JV 19-0049
|Docket Nº:||1 CA-JV 19-0049|
|Opinion Judge:||BROWN, Judge|
|Party Name:||NORMAN S., Appellant, v. DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SAFETY, N.S., Appellees.|
|Attorney:||Maricopa County Legal Defender's Office, Phoenix By Jamie R. Heller Counsel for Appellant Arizona Attorney General's Office, Phoenix By Thomas Jose Counsel for Appellee, Department of Child Safety|
|Judge Panel:||Presiding Judge Michael J. Brown delivered the decision of the Court, in which Judge Kent E. Cattani and Chief Judge Peter B. Swann joined.|
|Case Date:||August 29, 2019|
|Court:||Court of Appeals of Arizona|
Not for Publication - Rule 111(c), Rules of the Arizona Supreme Court
Appeal from the Superior Court in Maricopa County No. JD 531037 The Honorable Karen L. O'Connor, Judge
Maricopa County Legal Defender's Office, Phoenix By Jamie R. Heller Counsel for Appellant
Arizona Attorney General's Office, Phoenix By Thomas Jose Counsel for Appellee, Department of Child Safety
Presiding Judge Michael J. Brown delivered the decision of the Court, in which Judge Kent E. Cattani and Chief Judge Peter B. Swann joined.
¶1 Norman S. ("Father") appeals the superior court's order terminating his parental rights to his son, N.S., born in 2017. Because reasonable evidence supports the court's order, we affirm.
¶2 When N.S. was born, Amanda H. ("Mother") had a pending dependency with three of her other children, I.H., M.H., and B.H.1 DCS had provided Mother in-home family preservation services until July 2017, at which time DCS filed an in-home dependency petition for I.H., M.H., and B.H. and established a safety plan for Mother. After Mother gave birth to N.S., she violated the safety plan and was not fully participating in services, so DCS took all four children into temporary custody.
¶3 DCS then filed a dependency petition alleging N.S. was dependent as to Father due to substance abuse, domestic violence, and neglect. Although Father contested the allegations, he failed to appear for the dependency hearing and the juvenile court found N.S. dependent.
¶4 In July 2018, DCS moved to terminate Father's parental rights to N.S. on the grounds of substance abuse, six months' out-of-home placement, and nine months' out-of-home placement. DCS asserted that (1) Father "has a history of substance abuse that includes but is not limited to marijuana and it negatively impacts his ability to parent;" (2) "[significant concerns remain regarding the serious domestic violence relationship" between Father and Mother; and (3) Father inconsistently engaged in the services...
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