Travis Lee G., Matter of

Decision Date22 January 1991
Citation169 A.D.2d 769,565 N.Y.S.2d 136
PartiesIn the Matter of TRAVIS LEE G. (Anonymous). Dutchess County Department of Social Services, Petitioner-Respondent; Michelle G. (Anonymous), Appellant, et al., Respondent.
CourtNew York Supreme Court — Appellate Division

John F. Clennan, Ronkonkoma, for appellant.

Janet V. Tullo, Sr. Asst. County Atty., Poughkeepsie, for petitioner-respondent.

Before BRACKEN, J.P., and KOOPER, SULLIVAN and O'BRIEN, JJ.

MEMORANDUM BY THE COURT.

In a proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b to terminate parental rights, the mother appeals, as limited by her brief, from so much of an order of the Family Court, Dutchess County (Marlow, J.), entered September 29, 1988, as terminated her parental rights.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, without costs or disbursements.

Social Services Law § 384-b(7) establishes two tests to determine permanent neglect. There must be clear and convincing evidence that there was either (1) a failure to substantially and continuously maintain contact with the child, or (2) a failure to plan for the future of the child (see, Matter of Amber W., 105 A.D.2d 888, 891, 481 N.Y.S.2d 886). Here, since the petitioner does not dispute that the appellant satisfied the contact requirement of the statute, the relevant issue is whether the appellant adequately planned for the future of her child. We agree with the Family Court that she did not.

The plan formulated by the parents must remove destructive tendencies from their lives (see, Matter of Leon RR., 48 N.Y.2d 117, 125, 421 N.Y.S.2d 863, 397 N.E.2d 374). In essence, they must " 'take steps to correct the conditions that led to the removal of the child from their home' " (Matter of Nathaniel T., 67 N.Y.2d 838, 840, 501 N.Y.S.2d 647, 492 N.E.2d 775, quoting from Matter of Leon RR., supra, 48 N.Y.2d 125, 421 N.Y.S.2d 863, 397 N.E.2d 374).

Here, after the appellant was found to have sexually molested her 4 1/2 year old twins, her son Travis was removed from her home (see, Matter of T.G., 128 Misc.2d 914, 491 N.Y.S.2d 901). The Family Court directed her to seek mental health counseling if she wanted to reunite herself with her son.

The record demonstrates that although the appellant regularly and continuously attended group therapy sessions, and actively participated in the group, due to her lack of acknowledgment of guilt, the cause of abuse was never explored and she was unable to gain any insight...

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