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In the Matter of Lonnie Bowie, Petitioner-Appellant v. Erie County Children's Services

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


April 26, 2013

IN THE MATTER OF LONNIE BOWIE, PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
v.
ERIE COUNTY CHILDREN'S SERVICES, RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT.

Appeal from an order of the Family Court, Erie County (Patricia A. Maxwell, J.), entered December 15, 2011 in a proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 6.

Matter of Bowie v Erie County Children's Servs.

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 April 26, 2013

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., PERADOTTO, CARNI, WHALEN, AND MARTOCHE, JJ.

The order denied the petition for sole custody.

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

Memorandum: Petitioner father appeals from an order denying his petition seeking sole custody of his son. The child previously was found to be an abandoned child in a proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b seeking to terminate the parental rights of the child's mother and was placed in respondent agency's custody. The father was determined to be a "notice father" in connection with that proceeding, i.e., he was entitled to notice of an adoption of the child pursuant to Domestic Relations Law § 111-a (see Social Services Law § 384-b [12]). The father's contention that Family Court erred in characterizing him as a "notice father" rather than a "consent father" is not properly before us. We note, in any event, that the father failed to establish that he had a substantial relationship with the child such that his consent to an adoption as an unwed father would be required pursuant to Domestic Relations Law § 111 (1) (d) (seeMatter of Raquel Marie X., 76 NY2d 387, 394; Matter of Jayden C. [Michelle R.], 82 AD3d 674).

The father's further contention that respondent failed to comply with Family Court Act §§ 1017 and 1021 by using its best efforts to promote the father's relationship with his child also is not properly before us on this appeal. Those sections of the Family Court Act are applicable when a child is initially removed from a parent's custody, and thus they are not applicable in the instant proceeding. Finally, the court properly denied petitioner's custody petition (see generally Matter of Ammann v Ammann, 209 AD2d 1032, 1033). Entered: April 26, 2013 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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