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In the Matter of Baron C.

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


December 21, 2012

IN THE MATTER OF BARON C., DAEMONI C., AND NEVEAH P. ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, PETITIONER-RESPONDENT; AND DOMINIQUE C., RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Family Court, Erie County (Patricia A. Maxwell, J.), entered September 13, 2010 in a proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b. The order, among other things, terminated respondent's parental rights.

Matter of Baron C. (Dominique C.)

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.

Released on December 21, 2012

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., SMITH, CENTRA, LINDLEY, AND WHALEN, JJ.

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

Memorandum: In this proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b, respondent mother appeals from an order that, inter alia, terminated her parental rights with respect to the three subject children and ordered that they be freed for adoption. Contrary to the mother's contentions, the record supports Family Court's determination that a suspended judgment, i.e., a "brief grace period designed to prepare the parent to be reunited with the child" (Matter of Michael B., 80 NY2d 299, 311), was not in the best interests of the children (see Matter of Jane H. [Susan H.], 85 AD3d 1586, 1587, lv denied 17 NY3d 709). "The court's determination at the dispositional hearing is entitled to great deference, particularly because it depended in large part on the court's assessment of the credibility of the witnesses" (Matter of Alyshia M.R., 53 AD3d 1060, 1061, lv denied 11 NY3d 707). Finally, to the extent that the mother's contentions are based on matters outside the record on appeal, they are not properly before us (see Matter of Gridley v Syrko, 50 AD3d 1560, 1561; Matter of Harry P. v Cindy W., 48 AD3d 1100, 1100). Entered: December 21, 2012 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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