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In the Matter of Alberto C.

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


June 8, 2012

IN THE MATTER OF ALBERTO C., JR. ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES,
PETITIONER-RESPONDENT; AND TIBET H.,
RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Family Court, Erie County (Margaret O. Szczur, J.), entered February 22, 2011 in a proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b.

Matter of Matter of Alberto C. (Tibet H.)

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.

Decided on June 8, 2012

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., FAHEY, CARNI, SCONIERS, AND MARTOCHE, JJ.

The order terminated the parental rights of respondent.

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

Memorandum: Respondent contends on appeal that Family Court erred in granting the petition to terminate her parental rights based on mental illness (see Social Services Law § 384-b [4] [c]). We agree with the court that petitioner established by clear and convincing evidence that respondent could not adequately care for her child by presenting the testimony of a psychiatrist regarding respondent's mental illness (see Social Services Law § 384-b [6] [c], [e]). The expert testified that respondent was presently and for the foreseeable future unable, by reason of her mental illness, to provide proper and adequate care for the child (see Matter of Vincent E.D.G., 81 AD3d 1285, 1285, lv denied 17 NY3d 703). We further conclude that the court did not err in refusing to hold a dispositional hearing. There is no requirement that a separate dispositional hearing be held following a determination that a parent is incapable of caring for his or her child based on mental illness (see id. at 1286). Entered: June 8, 2012 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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