New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
January 10, 2012
IN RE VICTOR B. AND ANOTHER, DEPENDENT CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, ETC., AND YVONNE B., RESPONDENT-APPELLANT, THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY, PETITIONER-RESPONDENT.
Matter of Matter of Victor B. (Yvonne B.)
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Decided on January 10, 2012
Friedman, Sweeny, Acosta, Renwick, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.
Orders of disposition, Family Court, New York County (Susan Knipps, J.) entered on or about August 17, 2010, which, upon fact-findings of mental illness and permanent neglect, terminated appellant mother's parental rights to the subject children, and committed the guardianship and custody of the children to petitioner and the Commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services for the purpose of adoption, unanimously affirmed, without costs.
The finding that the mother suffers from a mental illness was supported by clear and convincing evidence. The expert testimony and documentary evidence demonstrated that the mother was afflicted with schizotypal personality traits, which, along with her borderline mental retardation, caused her to fail to appreciate the impact of her behavior on her children.
In addition, the finding of permanent neglect entered against the mother was supported by clear and convincing evidence of her failure to plan for the children's future. Petitioner engaged in diligent efforts to strengthen the bond between the mother and the children by making appropriate referrals for services, suitable arrangements for visitation and referrals for additional services when it became clear she had trouble handling her children, who had special needs (see e.g. Matter of Khalil A. [Sabree A.], 84 AD3d 632, 633 ). The mother did not complete some of the services she was referred to, failing drug rehabilitation twice due to positive toxicology tests. Morever, the services which the mother did complete appeared to have no impact on her, as she remained unable to have positive interactions with the children.
A preponderance of the evidence demonstrated that it was in the best interests of the children to terminate the mother's parental rights in order to free them for adoption by their respective foster families, with whom they have resided in stable, nurturing, well-supported environments (see e.g. Matter of Fernando Alexander B. [Simone Anita W.], 85 AD3d 658, 658 ).We have considered the remaining arguments, including the mother's request for a suspended judgment, and find them unavailing.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: JANUARY 10, 2011
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