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In the Matter of Vondajia P.G., Tonajia L.L.G., Cierra C.C., and Precious G.K. v. Susan S.G

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


February 10, 2011

IN THE MATTER OF VONDAJIA P.G., TONAJIA L.L.G., CIERRA C.C., AND PRECIOUS G.K.
ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES,
PETITIONER-RESPONDENT;
v.
SUSAN S.G.,
RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Family Court, Erie County (Patricia A. Maxwell, J.), entered February 2, 2010 in a proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b. The order terminated respondent's parental rights.

Matter of Vondajia P.G. v. Susan S.G.

Decided on February 10, 2011 Appellate Division, Fourth Department Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431. This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., CARNI, SCONIERS, GREEN, AND GORSKI, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum: Respondent mother appeals from an order terminating her parental rights with respect to four of her children. Contrary to the contentions of the mother and the Attorney for the Child on behalf of Vondajia P.G., Family Court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to issue a suspended judgment. The record supports the court's determination that a suspended judgment, i.e., "a brief grace period designed to prepare the parent to be reunited with the child[ren]" (Matter of Michael B., 80 NY2d 299, 311), was not in the children's best interests (see generally Matter of Shadazia W., 52 AD3d 1330, lv denied 11 NY3d 706; Matter of Da'Nasjeion T., 32 AD3d 1242). Entered: February 10, 2011 Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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